• Refutation of the natural narcissistic spectrum

    From M Winther@21:1/5 to All on Thu May 19 10:24:28 2016
    XPost: alt.psychology, alt.psychology.psychoanalysis, alt.psychology.jung XPost: sci.psychology.psychotherapy

    "Refutation of the natural narcissistic spectrum"

    Although narcissism is denoted a spectrum disorder, it doesn't mean that
    all people can be placed on a narcissistic scale. Rather, it means that
    those who suffer from the disease can be mildly or seriously affected.
    Autism is also regarded a spectrum disorder. But it doesn't mean that
    all people are autistic to a degree. Yet, according to a heavily
    popularized theory, narcissism is a trait-based disorder that must be understood as merely a pathological amplification of narcissistic traits present in everybody. It means that all people are narcissistic to a

    Characteristic of narcissism is a sense of grandiosity. Yet, all people
    do *not* experience excessive feelings of self-importance "to a
    different degree". Either you have inadequate feelings of
    self-importance or not. If you don't, then you are not narcissistic.
    Another example is that narcissists tend to react to criticism with
    rage, since they feel humiliated. Yet, many people do not feel
    humiliated, but are grateful for constructive critique, especially when
    it concerns an intellectual or artistic product.

    Narcissists get a kick out of attention and admiration. In
    contradistinction, many people do not at all appreciate admiration. For instance, a scientist is happy when his theory receives attention. On
    the other hand, it is quite common that scientists dislike admiration
    for their person, so much so that they shy away from publicity.
    Moreover, narcissists readily take advantage of other people to achieve
    their own goals. This is unthinkable to many people. Personally, I would
    be capable of punching a person in the face, but I could not steal his

    So, how do we account for this? How come some people lack a sense of grandiosity, and how can they experience the *opposite* feelings when
    they receive admiration for their person? How come they are pleased when somebody criticizes their work? Evidently, the person in question is
    thereby taken seriously, since he/she is being treated as an adult
    independent thinker, artist, or whatever, and will likely benefit from
    the critique.

    The theory of omnipresent narcissism rules out that people can have the opposite feelings. On this view, when a person receives admiration,
    he/she must at least experience a tiny gratificatory feeling. When faced
    with critique, he/she must at least get a little humiliated and angry.
    Since this is not the case, there are people who cannot be placed on the narcissistic scale. The conclusion is that the theory of ubiquitous
    narcissism is wrong. Since we know that many people feel awkward when
    receiving admiration as a person, the theory collapses. This is called *empiricism*, and it is an indisputable principle practiced in the hard sciences. As soon as a theory confronts an empirical fact that
    contradicts the theory, the theory collapses. http://mlwi.magix.net/groupnarc.htm

    Mats Winther

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