Understanding a Narcissist’s Soul – Narcissus’s Reflection

Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is a serious problem for the person that has it, and a big headache to those having to deal with them. After all, it seems as though they are incapable of love and understanding. Some even go as far as to say that narcissists have no heart or soul. Other personality disorders, such as schizophrenia, psychopathy, and sociopathy have the same thing said about them. Could NPD really be just as bad?

 

To understand the soul of a narcissist, we must first know where the idea of narcissism first came from. In the Greek Myths, Narcissus was a man of extraordinary beauty, loved by many. One day, he knelt down by the river bank, and he just happened to catch a glimpse of his reflection. Instantly, he fell in love with the image before him, knowing that he had to have it for his own. But, being that it was only a reflection upon the waters, his attempts to reach out failed him, and he drowned trying to grab onto his reflection.

 

So the big thing to take away from the story is that Narcissus was not in love with himself, but merely a reflection of himself. He saw what everyone else saw, and strove to have that version of himself. This is how the soul of a narcissist is. They want to be the grand person that everyone sees. But deep down, that’s not who they truly are. Because of this, they end up failing in many areas of their life, trying desperately to hold onto the perfect image of themselves.