I'm not sure if this thread's something I could do, but it's something I'd like to ask inb4 OCD but what's your opinion of narcissism. Is it something that's natural and understandable, or is it something that people use to grab attention?
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I think it depends on the size of the individual's ego. The bigger the ego, the more attention they want, and the more into themselves they are. It might be a natural occurrence for some, but it's hard to tell. This would be a fascinating psychological topic to study, but how would one study it? It's hard to measure...
I don't know if its natural or not, but I can be really narcissistic at times and wish I could do me when I feel I'm really good looking. I'm also someone who thinks I'm really, really ugly sometimes, though, so it kind of balances out.
I think everybody is narcissistic, whether they want to believe it about themselves or not. Everybody thinks about themselves, and even when you have low self-esteem, in some aspects you think of yourself in a higher regard than other people, because you know your thoughts and you trust your brain, and you can't be as sure of anyone else's. Nobody gets you like you do, if that makes sense. Which it probably doesn't.
I understood when I read the word 'vanity' and 'selfishness.'
I'm probably in the middle. I'm not really vain, usually I don't care about what I look like to others. But sometimes I do. Sometimes, I'm very conscious of myself. I can be insecure most of the time. I'm neutral, I guess.
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I have narcissism. I believe having and ego/being selfish, having confidence, and being narcissistic are completely different things. People with narcissism have a problem not only with criticism, but with their own feelings of grandiosity which I find is unappealing, hurtful, and dangerous most times. People who are narcissistic believe they are entitled to special treatment and really do think they are better than others; it hardly has anything to do with looks alone. I've had to deal with these sorts of people in the past and it is only these sorts of people who I can say I more than dislike.
It is, after all, a personality disorder.