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Character and Place: How We Shape Home and Home Shapes Us

Can Narcissism Be Healthy? Character Formation in a Fragmented World

Submitted
June 27, 2018
Published
June 27, 2018

Abstract

Some researchers have claimed narcissism has reached “epidemic” proportions in contemporary society. In this presentation, narcissism is discussed as a dimensional trait best considered on a spectrum and not exclusively from the standpoint of pathology. Considered in relation to contemporary culture, narcissistic character traits can form the basis for both a cohesive self and a stable social identity. However, in pathological character types, narcissistic traits serve as the basis for identities permeated by hostility, grandiosity, deception, ideological extremism, and insensitivity to others.