Fragrance of Narcissism – A Comparison Between Eastern and Western Concepts
Social Sciences
Volume 4, Issue 6-1, December 2015, Pages: 1-4
Received: Jul. 26, 2015; Accepted: Aug. 16, 2015; Published: Oct. 20, 2015
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Chatterjee Sraboni, Department of Psychology, Bijoy Krishna Girls’ College, Howrah
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Abstract
Love and life are the two sides of a coin. But the form of love is not same everywhere. It is manifested through different colours and connotations and as a result sometimes it comes as a sweet fragrance of a flower and sometimes its forms become destructive. Narcissism or self-love can be channelized in both ways. In this paper an attempt has been made to make a comparative analysis between the viewpoints of two cultures regarding their concepts of narcissism. In both cultures the colour of self-love are expressed in different ways. In western concepts it is regarded as the medium of rearing up process of self, while in eastern thought it is the meaning of life, hope and ways of releasing pent up feelings. To understand the different vibrations of narcissism in different cultures here the concepts of Jung and Rabindranath Tagore regarding narcissism and spiritual existence are taken into consideration. By searching the history and entering into the concepts of Jung, it is found that according to him narcissism is the primary energetic function of self-presentation or the key for development of stable self. In Tagore’s viewpoint it is the understanding one’s existence in this world is the source of one’s spiritual existence. By devoting the energy of self into others actually helps one to identify the pathway of own happiness.
Keywords
Narcissism, Self, Spirituality, Happiness
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Chatterjee Sraboni, Fragrance of Narcissism – A Comparison Between Eastern and Western Concepts, Social Sciences. Special Issue: Literature & Psychology. Vol. 4, No. 6-1, 2015, pp. 1-4. doi: 10.11648/j.ss.s.2015040601.11
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