Saturday, March 17, 2018

"Watch Yourself!" (Zeus to Narcissus)

Not a day passes when I don't read at least a handful of questions at Quora relating to narcissism. For example :
Are relationships with narcissists doomed to fail?

Does a narcissist know they are a narcissist?

Do narcissists know when they are wrong? Mine never admitted he was wrong and never apologized.

Why is there so much unreliable, erroneous and opinionated information about narcissism on Quora?
Narcissism. Can we lay blame on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others, names of which escape me? People use those tools because they are like mirrors - all about them, their need for an audience . Blogging filled that need for some people, for years. Blogging was but the overture to the full-blown symphony!

Is blogging a symptom of chronic narcissism? Is using Twitter and/or Facebook et al a sign that the disease has become acute?

Blogging, for me, is and has been simply a way to experiment with a girlhood dream of being a writer or a reporter or journalist. Maybe there is some retro-narcissism going on.

I've always found Facebook a wee bit creepy, though was never quite sure why. I opened an account early on and almost immediately deactivated it, re-opened it years later, then deactivated it again. As for Twitter, I can see that for some people it could feed incipient or rampant narcissism (and that is a very awkward word to type, I'm finding). Looking in on Twitter has, very occasionally, led to information I'd have otherwise missed, but beyond that, I'm not enthusiastic. If Twitter is a narcissistic pastime, I fear I'm not doing it right!

Here's a ponder-worthy topic on which to close: is perusing one's astrological natal chart the ultimate in narcissism?


Wisewebwoman said...

True narcissists lack empathy I've found in dealing with them. Some cases are mild some more severe. I like FB it has helped me more times than I can count and I like keeping in touch with the aways. Twitter, if used correctly, finds kindred politicos radicals. I don't spend too much time on either.


Twilight said...

Wisewebwoman ~ I'm no expert on narcissists, WWW. In truth, the word had hardly entered my personal vocabulary until quite recently, first in relation to Prez Donald Trump, then picked up by all and sundry around the net and attached to all manner of people writers didn't much care for! ;-) I knew Narcissus' story from mythology, and I knew the pretty spring flower which honours his name - that was that!

Yes, I do admit that I'm the odd one out regarding Facebook and other social media networks. Can't help it, just not my thing. :-/ I do look into Twitter once or twice a week, or when anything major is going on. News travels very fast there!