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  •  I don't think it's the myth that is the agent. (5+ / 0-)

    Rather, self-centered people, who, as often as not, actually have little or no self-awareness, latch on to the myth of independence to validate their own existence. That is, feeling isolated, they assume that's how they are meant to be. And the myth is reinforcing.

    That self-centered people are not self-aware is somewhat difficult to understand. I compare them to a top spinning on its axis and having no awareness that it is about to stop spinning and drop.

    It seems to be an old condition. Narcissus had it, but we have been inclined to interpret his condition of being focused on the self, when it is actually more likely that he "fell in love with his image," because he did not recognize himself.

    It has now been discovered that some people are face blind and do not recognize other people's facial attributes. So, it's entirely possible that some don't recognize their own either. When they are shown images of themselves, they have to take the representation on faith. Perhaps they have no self-image.

    "To see ourselves as others see us" is a recognized goal. If it were automatic, it wouldn't have to be mentioned.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 05:17:12 AM PST

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