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Narcissism
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H. Ellis (1859–1939) first coined the term “narcissism” in psychiatry to denote homosexuality, then regarded only as sexual perversion (Sexuality). The idea was that of people loving their own reflection, like Narcissus in the Greek myth (Love). S. Freud (1856–1939) distinguished between primary narcissism as a general stage in psychological development (§2), in which subject and object are symbolically united, and secondary narcissism, by which psychological energies (Libido) are deflected from the object and possess the self, as is often observed in psychosis (e.g., in Fre…

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Scharfenberg, Joachim, “Narcissism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_N17>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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