Adaptive Narcissism

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Narcissism, a trait some find unbearable, but a trait many people possess. To an extent, being narcissistic doesn’t sound all that awful. By definition, it is a noun, meaning inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self love; vanity. In this definition, narcissism can only be applied to one person. One person can be narcissistic, a whole group of people can be, but what about a whole culture? A country? An entire race? According to Greek mythology, the word “narcissist”, came from the myth Narcissus and Echo. Narcissus was so in love with how he looked, he could not find another to love. One of the girls he rejected, prayed for him to be cursed. A goddess heard her cries and cursed Narcissus so that he stared at his reflection in the …show more content…
These are are behaviors that most would want to avoid. However, researchers have found a type of “good” narcissism known as adaptive narcissism. These researchers say adaptive narcissism is helpful in many areas of life. They say a person having adaptive narcissism makes the person better in leadership positions, relationships, having confidence, and helps them cope with anxiety, specifically with those with social anxiety. These people also care less about how others view them. Studies have shown that people with higher narcissism scores are more likely to exercise in group settings, due to lack of anxiety about what the people around them think of themselves. This type of narcissism is less harmful to society than the usual narcissism that is seen on a constant basis around our culture. A person with adaptive narcissism has higher self confidence, and often tries harder to get a promotion or a better job, because they believe they are better. Our society and culture stresses so much about how people look, dress, and present themselves. These people with adaptive narcissism also present themselves better, since our culture approves of nicely dressed, well groomed, …show more content…
The United States is considered a Taker country, being developed and civilized. It is described in the book that the Takers have taken their fate out of the hands of the gods, that that they now control themselves. Their food control, where they live, it is all Taker controlled. The Takers believe that their lifestyle is much better than the Leavers, since they can control what they want, and they can count the gods to be useless to them. Why live in the hands of the gods when you can control your own fate? This culture of people has a very narcissistic way of thinking. They believe that their culture, that their rules and morals are the best, and that they are right. However, metaethical moral relativism, or MMR, states that moral judgements cannot be absolute, so the Takers cannot be “right.” MMR also states that these moral judgements are relative to different cultures. The moral judgements of a Leaver village are not going to be fitting, sufficient laws for a Taker city. In Ishmael, a conversation between the pupil and Ishmael, the pupil tries to explain to Ishmael, who was temporarily portraying the part of a Leaver, why the Taker life is better. Ishmael asks him if they should leave their lives to be in the hands of the gods, and the pupil responds with, “Definitely not. You should trust yourselves with your

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