Camille Styles

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What Narcissism Really Means

June 26th, 2018

In Greek mythology, a beautiful young man caught sight of his own reflection in a pool of water. Unable to break his gaze away from himself, Narcissus stared at his own reflection until he died. With selfie deaths on the rise (yes, it’s an actual thing), this ancient parable might be worth revisiting. We’ve heard a lot in the past few years about narcissism and millennials, and the prevailing thought seems to be that our entire generation is plagued with the condition. But what does narcissism really mean? When does caring about your own image actually cross the line?

We decided to seek answers from an expert, so we sat down with Sandy Hotchkiss, PsyD, LCSW. She’s been a psychotherapist for over 30 years and also happens to be the author of the popular book Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of NarcissismShe has a doctoral degree in psychoanalysis and has dedicated much of her career to helping people deal with the narcissists in their lives. Sandy set us straight on what the condition really means, and how to identify people in our lives who might be showing signs of narcissism.

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