Dec 18th, 2020

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The Healthy Person does not torture others, it is the tortured who torture others.”

Jung

  • NARCISISSM:

    WHAT IT IS:

  • FANTASIES OF UNLIMITED POWER AND SUCCESS

  • SEES SELF AS SPECIAL

  • ASSOCIATES WITH HIGH STATUS PEOPLE

  • ENVIOUS OF OTHERS

  • LACKS EMPATHY

  • NEEDS ADMIRATION

  • SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT

  • THE PREDATOR 

  • ADDICTIVE REPETITION COMPULSION

  • GRANDIOSITY

  • SEXUAL COMPULSIONS

  • EMOTIONAL WITHOLDING

  • FRAGILE FALSE-SELF

  • GASLIGHTING

  • ONE-WAY PLEASURE

  • ONE-WAY CONVERSATIONS

  • GHOSTING

  • STALKING-HOOVERING

  • MANIPULATION 

  • MIND-FUCKING

  • TRIANGULATION 

  • EXCESSIVE CRITICISM

  • COMPETITIVENESS

  • EMOTIONAL ABUSE

  • OUTBURSTS OF RAGE

  • SILENT TREATMENTS

  • NARCISSISM:

    WHAT IT DOES:

  • ERODES SELF ESTEEM

  • ISOLATES 

  • SPINS YOU OUT

  • PUTS YOU ON A ENDLESS ROLLER COASTER

  • "SITUATIONSHIP" VS. RELATIONSHIP

  • BETRAYS LOYALTY

  • SECOND-GUESSING YOURSELF

  • KEEPING THE ABUSE SECRET

  • LYING TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY 

  • REPEAT EPISODES

  • BREAKUP-STALK-MAKEUP 

  •  SELF-DOUBT

  • SELF-CRITICISM

  • SELF-BLAME

  • INSECURITY

  • FEAR

  • ANXIETY

  • PTSD  SYMPTOMS

  • JEALOUSY THROUGH  TRIANGULATION 

  • NOT TRUSTING YOURSELF OR INTUITION

  • WALKING ON EGGSHELLS

  • NERVOUS DISORDERS AND NIGHTMARES

  • THE ABUSE CAN CAUSE SUICIDAL IDEATION

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Given our current “epidemic” of narcissism, it is very likely that you may know or have heard of someone who manifests some of these traits.

 

Greed, grandiosity, inflation and isolation are just some of the features of narcissism. Others are: “an absence of empathy,… a need for being admired by others throughout adulthood. … a sense of superiority, viewing themselves as better than others; look[ing] at others with a sense of disdain and perceiv[ing] others as inferior [to] themselves; … see[ing] themselves as unique and overly important and often exaggerate[ing] their achievements,… [being] unmoved by others’ suffering…. hav[ing] difficulty seeing how their actions can harm others or how someone might feel in a particular situation.

From the  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM-5 lists 9 characteristics an individual might have, with a minimum of five being required to assign that diagnosis.

These 9 are:

grandiosity: being affected or pompous; pretentious; inflated

fantasies of unlimited power and success: these often result in the narcissist attaining a position of leadership, e.g. Napoleon,with eventual destructive consequences, since all life on the physical plane has limits

seeing oneself as ‘special’ and associating only with others of high status, e.g. filling a cabinet with CEOs of major corporations and military generals

needing admiration, as in rallies and public appearances before thousands of fans

having a sense of entitlement, e.g. operating under the assumption that one is deserving of only the best, the choicest, the rarest, regardless of others’ needs or preferences

being interpersonally exploitative, e.g. using people to get what he/she wants, with little thought to reciprocity or the others’ needs

lacking in empathy, i.e. the inability to feel concern, compassion or caring for others and what might be going on in their lives; the narcissist often feels free to “fire” people with impunity

envying others, i.e. “feeling discontent or ill will at another’s good fortune…; dislike for a person who has what one wants”

appearing arrogant, i.e. inflated, puffed up, full of oneself

*From the Jungiancenter.org

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Sherene Vismaya, M.A. is a Jungian astrologer and psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC and San Francisco for the past eighteen years consulting, writing and teaching. Her own Priestess Path started around age five bellydancing on the road with her mother which brought her into contact with the powers of ritual and an embodied relationship to the Goddess. She specializes in depression, shadow work, anxiety, creative blocks, eating disorders, and relationships. Sherene has pioneered her own unique approach to Jungian and somatic healing modalities combined with her background in metaphysics inspired by her yearly pilgrimages to India.

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