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Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 12:44 pm
What's not to self-love?

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(Anonymous)
Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
Vanity

Both Stuart Goddard and Prince (I think) had affairs with Vanity.



I mean, the singer Vanity, not the concept:



Or do I mean both?

Anyway, if narcissism is attractive, then Stuart Goddard and Prince are worthy rivals. I'd pay to see them in the ring together for pose-off. Who would win?

I must say, though, I'm a bit suspicious of the definition of narcissism offered by PsyBlog and Back. I always thought that I must be a narcissist, but I don't recognise myself here:

The article reports an experiment by social psychologist Mitja Back which found that narcissists make a good first impression because they look, sound and move better. They use charming facial expressions, have a more confident speaking tone, wear more fashionable clothes, have trendier haircuts and are funnier.

Wow, what's not to self-love? Narcissists sound like attractive hipsters! They must get laid a lot!


I suppose I must be one of those execrable inverse narcissists, the very lowest of the low. Just my luck. Oh well, I suppose I can't help it. People will just have to love me or leave me. I'd prefer the former, of course, but I know what will actually happen.



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Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Vanity

I think Back's findings -- at least as reported on PsyBlog -- have a suspiciously teleological narrative structure. Having established the narcissist as a charming and impressive cad, this narrative (and Back maps it explicitly to the narrative in Reality TV shows, when the initially-interesting get voted out in the end) gives us normal folk a satisfying comeuppance in the form of "eventual shunning". It's the classic structure of Greek tragedy, in fact: hubris followed by nemesis.

Is life like that? I'm not so sure. To the hubris-nemesis structure I'd counter with a more realistic idea from The Bible: the wicked flourish like the green bay tree.


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