Narcissistic defences  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

"Narcissistic defences have been defined by Jon A. Shaw "as those processes whereby the idealized aspects of the self are preserved and the limitations of the self and [of] others denied".

Literary parallels

  • Sir Philip Sidney is said to have seen 'Poetry as narcissistic defense' in itself.
  • 'Sartre's "heroes"...detached, coldly aloof,' have been viewed as each representing a figure becoming 'a primitive narcissist who "saves" his self by petrifying it'.

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