Narcissistic defences  

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"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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