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[nahr-suh-siz-em] /ˈnɑr səˌsɪz ɛm/

inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity.
Synonyms: self-centeredness, smugness, egocentrism.
Psychoanalysis. erotic gratification derived from admiration of one’s own physical or mental attributes, being a normal condition at the infantile level of personality development.
an exceptional interest in or admiration for oneself, esp one’s physical appearance
sexual satisfaction derived from contemplation of one’s own physical or mental endowments

1905, from German Narzissismus, coined 1899 (in “Die sexuellen Perversitäten”), by German psychiatrist Paul Näcke (1851-1913), on a comparison suggested 1898 by Havelock Ellis, from Greek Narkissos, name of a beautiful youth in mythology (Ovid, “Metamorphoses,” iii.370) who fell in love with his own reflection in a spring and was turned to the flower narcissus (q.v.). Coleridge used the word in a letter from 1822.

But already Krishna, enamoured of himself, had resolved to experience lust for his own self; he manifested his own Nature in the cow-herd girls and enjoyed them.” [Karapatri, “Lingopasana-rahasya,” Siddhanta, II, 1941-2]

Sometimes erroneously as narcism.

narcissism nar·cis·sism (när’sĭ-sĭz’əm) or nar·cism (när’sĭz’əm)

nar’cis·sist n.
nar’cis·sis’tic adj.
nar’cis·sis’ti·cal·ly adv.
narcissism [(nahr-suh-siz-uhm)]

A consuming self-absorption or self-love; a type of egotism. Narcissists constantly assess their appearance, desires, feelings, and abilities.


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