Word of the day

The word for today is…

narcissism (noun) – 1. Excessive preoccupation with or admiration of oneself.
2. A personality disorder characterised by an exaggerated sense of self-importance, need for admiration, and lack of empathy.
3. Pleasure derived from contemplation or admiration of one’s own body or self, considered in psychoanalytic theory to be a fixation on or a regression to an infantile stage of development.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 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. Coleridge used the word in a letter from 1822.


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