2011/09/29

NARCISSUS

The last time I had someone in my life was a very disappointing experience for me! I gave my soul but at the end gained nothing. That's why from now on, I am the captain of my soul :))
Anyway, long time no write. Here I am back on my therapy...And people who are sorry but suffering from narcissism pleasee stay away from me.

What is narcissism?  In general it is a psychoanalytic theory,a mental illness,a social or cultural problem or simply a personality trait. Basically in everyday speech narcissism means inflated self-importance, egotism, vanity (but not pride),conceit,or simply selfishness or in a social group; an indifference to the plight of others.
And in psychology, the term is used to describe both normal self-love and unhealthy self-absorption due to a disturbance in the sense of self.

But what's the story behind? Where is narcissism coming from?

In Greek myth, NARCISSUS was a beautiful young man who refused everyone who wanted to be his lover. Narcissus had never seen his reflection before. The nymph Echo saw him one day walking through the forest, and fell in love with him. Echo was unable to say what she felt, because she had been cursed by the goddess Hera to only be able to repeat others' words back to them. Narcissus heard her but could not see her, and when he asked, "Who's here?", all Echo could reply was, "Here." One day, when Narcissus became thirsty and stopped by a pond to take a drink, he saw his reflection in the water for the first time. Not recognizing himself, he fell in love with his reflection. Unable to consummate his love, Narcissus pined away at the pool and changed into the flower that bears his name, the narcissus.

So the myth  became the name of this beautiful flower as well as subjected to many works of art,literature and music.

Here are some examples of the influences.


The painting on the right painted by the Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610). It is housed in the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica in Rome.












On the left you see another painting this time by Gyula Benczúr (1844-1920), a  Hungarian painter and pedagogue.



And this is the balletic interpretation of the Greek myth in which dancers enact the tragedy of the beautiful youth who condemns himself to a trapped existence through excessive self-love;
a 1983 Canadian short musical and experimental film directed by Norman McLaren and produced by David Verrall, visualizing the legend of Narcissus in a modern way.


Also in 20th century one of
the music king's, Bob Dylan's song "License to Kill" refers indirectly to Narcissus: Now he worships at an altar of a stagnant pool /And when he sees his reflection, he's fulfilled.

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