What to Expect in This Episode:
- Selfishness VS Narcissism
- Narcissism in Children
- Our Narcissistic Society
- Disconnection from Self
- Equating Mental Health with Minimal Narcissism
- The Scientific Endeavor
- “I Hold My Beliefs in Suspense to Find Truth”
- The Process of Recovery
- Feeling Better When Becoming Less Narcissistic
- Narcissistic State Without Drugs & Alcohol
Narcissism is a very interesting term, you know. A lot of people confuse selfishness with narcissism, but they’re not the same thing, right. Selfishness is, I know you exist I just don’t care about you. Narcissism is, I actually don’t hold you and your reality as real and that what’s happening inside of me is more real than objective reality.
So, as an example, very young kids are extremely narcissistic. Right. Even if they might be fun and smile, etc., etc., they’re living inside the world of their own mind, which is perfectly healthy and perfectly normal as a very young kid, what does not come so healthy as we get older.
And so we live in a really self-reflecting narcissistic society where we’re disconnected from ourselves and hold our realities as truth and one could even say that you could equate mental health with minimal narcissism. What does it mean to be mentally healthy? It means to live out in reality, right so science is a great example of that, you know.
The scientific endeavor is the endeavor of attempting to discover objective truth, right. I hold all of my beliefs in suspense, so I can get in touch with reality, so the process of Recovery is exactly the same way. I can’t trust my own mind and my own ideas and desires and I’m trying to get out of my own mind ideas and desires out into the world, so I can learn, change and grow.
The other beautiful thing about becoming less narcissistic is to begin to feel better because a narcissistic state, especially without drugs and alcohol is not a pleasant state to be in because life can be very irritating and if you put a lot of attention into that and onto yourself, you’re going to be constantly frustrated.
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