I shall tell you a story. (A very short one, I promise 😛 ) Some of you may already know this one. This story is derived from Greek mythology.
Narcissus was a very handsome lad, quite famous for his looks actually. He was also very proud of this. One day, he went hunting with his friends and happened to look at his own reflection in a pool of clear water. He promptly fell in love with his own reflection. Needless to say, this was a doomed relationship. Apparently quite frustrated, Narcissus wilted and died soon after.
The word Narcissism is derived from this lad’s name.Now, a bit more about narcissism – Dictionary.com defines narcissism as :
Our generation has drawn a lot of flak for being a selfie-obsessed, narcissistic lot. Now personally I would say that too much of an obsession with selfies maybe called selfish (pun intended) 😛 ..but whatever makes one happy, right? Yours truly has also been guilty of posting a selfie or two, as social media would testify…and is quite unapologetic about it 😉
Well,we do need to look out for ourselves, and an iota of selfishness is needed to stay alive.We can trick our brain into believing in something – if we repeat it long enough.(The Repetition Principle) In many situations self belief provides us with a parachute when the world throws us off the plane. We live in a world that is often hostile and a little self belief does do a world of good 😉 ..but many a times,the demarcation between being narcissistic and believing in yourself gets blurred.At that very opportune moment the “holier-than-thou attitude” raises its ugly head in our consciousness.We stop growing , and stagnate as a person. Let me not even talk about the effect it has on people around you 😛