Essay about What Makes A Person A Narcissist?

1031 Words Oct 5th, 2015 5 Pages
For a recent personality disorder, narcissism has gathered a lot of attention in the past 150 years. From Patrick Bateman in American Psycho to Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, the stereotypical narcissist has gained a lot of reputation in both movies and real life as a person who is extremely obsessed with himself or herself. But what makes a person a narcissist? Where did the characteristics of a stereotypical narcissist come from? For nearly a century and a half, psychologists have been questioning and proving narcissism with strong theories and significant characteristics to describe the newly certified personality disorder
The term, narcissism, got its name from a Greek mythological character named Narcissus. In Roman poet Ovid’s collection of stories, Metamorphoses, written in 8 CE, Narcissus rejected many of his admirers, including Echo, a nymph who was only allowed to repeat the last syllable of everything she heard (Levy, Ellison, and Reynoso 3). After Narcissus rejected Echo, Nemesis, the goddess of divine retribution and revenge, decided to punish the young, conceited man for hurting his admirers. His punishment, she decided, would be to catch his reflection in a pool of water, unaware that it was himself, and fall in love with his own reflection. His admiration for himself was intimate and the more he looked, the more he felt empty in his unrequited relationship. This myth caused psychologist Havelock Ellis to coin the term narcissism in 1898, to…

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