Its amazing what you can get away with.
you mean, not getting caught out by others…?
No silly, not getting caught out by that very worst of critics…
Brian Sewell, Robert Graves….
idiot, your own self!
Exactly! Narcissists are renowned for being obsessed with themselves, but its a misnomer. They have no self. Only self-image, which is very different.
Self is the totality of who you are, spirit, shadow, warts and all. Self image is something you can manufacture in your garden shed with paper clips and bits of string, breath life into and turn into a solid something. Someone to be reckoned with….
sounds great, just like God….
yep, only that’s where the hell begins, for you and everyone else in the equation.
How can it be hell if you are god?
Well, because giving yourself permission to invent yourself as you please comes with loads of small print. Narcissism is actually a torment, and much more for the narcissist than those around them though it may not seem like that.
Boyakasha! You kiding? I am so cooool…
yeah, for as long as you work at it. The torment of the narcissist is that its not just the shadow, the human imperfection and vulnerability of life that has to be projected onto others but also the Self, the sense of inner wholeness that comes from accepting who we are, that too has to be continuously exported….
takes a lot of effort…
oh yeah, its a full time job and like addiction, eats your life away… When the Self is projected, others are expected to redeem you which they can’t and are therefor experienced as sadistically witholding, or the Self is identified with in a grandiose way wherein others are experienced as worthless.
You make it sound lonely…
Oh yeah it is, but there is a super devilish bit in the contract that will make it aaaallll better.
you don’t have to feel any of it…
and your conscience is eternally clear, like you had some software that just wipes the slate clean from one moment to the next..
like an internal….negate and delete button.
You got it.
lets take my favourite biblikal hero David,
wot slew Goliath..
the very same..
and became the first heroic king of the twelve tribes?
he who was beyond stain and beloved by god ?
immortalised for ever as the pure scribe wot penned the psalms?
exactly, now if i may conti…
who ruled the land for forty years?
oh for fuck sake…
and was chiselled in marble by Michealangelo as a vision of masculine virtue….erotic yet innocent, powerful in form but gentle in demeanour…
dear god, can I tell the story?
of the greatest, most noble…
Murdered Saul and his general in cold blood…
most beautiful and comely..
commited adultery with Bethsheba and killed her husband Uriah with malice of forethought….
killed two of his sons…
further further further…
confessed the sins himself…
heaping even greater mounds of……
was punished by the Almighty…
of great and powerful ki….
and yet when the faithful are presented with the facts, out of their own book cry…
Who are we to critisise????
despite the breach of three commandments..
it was a lapse of judgement.
Narcissists feel superior and important and so entitled to be above the law and to engage in behaviors that are frowned upon and considered socially unacceptable in others. They reject and vehemently resent all limitations and conditions placed upon them. Sam Vaknin PhD