Day: August 21, 2008

Malignant narcissism, grandiosity and the egg’s wish for redemption…Depth Analysis (part 5)

Okay, so we left off at the mother wound and abandonment by the father at age two.  We’ve made the assumption that there has been domestic violence at a pre-verbal stage, negative introjects and RAGE as core to the infant’s self.  Let’s take a look at Malignant Narcissism, to review and attempt diagnosis, by floating a theory…(yes, pals, this is how we do “it” as therapists…)!

Narcissistic Rage

“…Common to malignant narcissism is narcissistic rage. Narcissistic rage is a reaction to narcissistic injury (when the narcissist feels degraded by another person). When the narcissist’s grandiose sense of self-worth is perceivably being attacked by another person, the narcissist’s natural reaction is to rage and pull-down the self-worth of others (to make the narcissist feel superior to others). It is an attempt by the narcissist to soothe their internal pain and hostility, while at the same time rebuilding their self worth. Narcissistic rage should not be confused with anger (although the two are similar), and is not necessarily caused by a situation that would typically provoke anger in an individual.[4] Narcissistic rage can be explosive or passive aggressive.[4]

Narcissistic rage also occurs when the narcissist perceives that he/she is being prevented from accomplishing their grandiose fantasies.[citation needed] Because the narcissist derives pleasure from the fullfillment of their grandiose dreams (akin to an addiction), anyone standing between the narcissist and their fullfillment of such accomplishments may be subject to narcissistic rage. Narcissistic rage will frequently include yelling and berating of the person that has slighted the narcissist, but if strong enough could provoke more hostile feelings.[citation needed] Narcissistic rage is frequently short lasting, and passes when the narcissist rationalizes the shame that they felt…”

Going back to the concept of “egg” as SELF — think about how fragile an egg is?  The “egg” as a symbol hasn’t hatched yet, has it?  So,  we have this very “unhatched” self, that hasn’t “been born.”  Yet.  That would be the dynamics going on this kind of disorder because of all the splits?  This personality feels constantly under attack by outside forces?  As if any “negation” of it (the egg) of the SELF, means that it doesn’t exist?  So it has this VERY PRIMITIVE RAGE that it holds inside, along with a total emptiness.

Going back to the mythology of Narcissus, we know that this individual seeks “THE GAZE” from a MIRROR.  Without this GAZE coming back at them — they do not exist?  They are seeking the GAZE that they needed from “the Good Mother” and her “feeds” of “the good breast.” — Unfortunately, the “breast” was not available in infancy and so, later, the individual seeks the GAZE they never had?

We were alerted to the aggressive tendencies early on, as the gestures against Hillary Clinton unfolded on televison, before us.  Giving her the finger like that, would be an example of the passive aggression.  We have also seen that there have been no apologies forthcoming — towards Hillary Clinton or Geraldine Ferraro.  Instead they have been “attacked” because they challenged the “grandiosity” of the self-concept.

The egg, is born from a bird.  So it is very easy to see that bird symbolism as it has developed — especially here, at this link

When you look at the art, you can see how the bird has been evolving — at first it was a very faint image in the “wallpaper” of the website — almost imperceptible…but as the campaign has gone on, the bird developed into the fake SEAL we all saw.  This bird is the wish for the mother, and as you can see in that art, the logo is now at the “breast” or internalized heart of the perceived mother?  The bird appears to be “hatching” from the corpse of the old mother if you look to the shadowy shape at the upper left.

This is about the Grandiosity increasing, as the public adulation increased… this is not the myth of the Phoenix bird though — it is bird wishing to be flown away by a new mother?  That would be the public’s gaze lifting the “egg” Of the SELF — see the logo, from the “corpse” of the negative mother?

I know, it’s deep.  Stay tuned!  This is part five, and there have been four previous parts.  The things I have seen in this election cause me concern.  Enough concern to do an analysis.

(cont.)