Falling back in love with the narcissist

Non-fiction: The Narcissist Test: How to Spot Outsized Egos .and the Surprising Things We Can Learn From Them. By Dr Craig Malkin. Harper Thorson, €15.

21st August, 2015
Echo and Narcissus (1903), a Pre-Raphaelite interpretation by John William Waterhouse

Narcissus, you will recall, was a hunter known for his compelling beauty. Cursed by Nemesis for rejecting Echo the voiceless nymph, he caught sight of his reflection in a still forest pool; bewitched, he fell in and drowned. The story has offered different lessons to different people at different times; it wasn’t until the birth of contemporary sexual psychology in the late 19th century that poor Narcissus gave his name to a condition of pathological...

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