“Even though they are opposites, many people seem to have difficulty distinguishing narcissism from a proper and necessary love of self. Therefore, the person confused about being too hungry for praise holds back from the pleasure of achievement. He makes little of an obvious success or has difficulty accepting compliments and praise, thinking that in this way he will avoid the dreaded the dreaded narcissism. False humility denies the ego the attention it craves, but the denial in itself is narcissistic, since it is a negative focus on ego rather than on the pleasurable  possibilities of life.”  Thomas Moore’s Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life


 

 

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