Definitions for narcissismˈnɑr səˌsɪz ɛm; ˈnɑr sɪz əm
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
nar•cis•sismˈnɑr səˌsɪz ɛm; ˈnɑr sɪz əm(n.)
inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity.
Psychoanal. erotic gratification derived from admiration of one's own physical or mental attributes.
Origin of narcissism:
1815–25; < G Narzissismus. See narcissus , -ism
self-love, narcism, narcissism(noun)
an exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself
"self-love that shut out everyone else"
Excessive love of oneself.
Sexual desire for one's own body.
Origin: After Narcissus, a character in Greek mythology who became obsessed with his own reflection.
Narcissism is a term that originated with Narcissus in Greek mythology who fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water. Currently it is used to describe a person characterized by egotism, vanity, pride, or selfishness. Narcissism has included particular meanings in specific fields: ⁕A concept in psychoanalytic theory, introduced in Sigmund Freud's On Narcissism ⁕An Axis II disorder, Narcissistic personality disorder, in DSM-IV ⁕A social or cultural problem ⁕A factor in trait theory used in some self-report inventories of personality such as the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory Except in the sense of primary narcissism or healthy self-love, narcissism is usually considered a problem in a person or group's relationships with self and others.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A psychoanalytic term meaning self-love.
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