Double-bind, no-win as key to figuring out real-world narcissism

I believe I am well-suited to providing a key to figuring out if you are being tormented by a narcissist or are caught up in a narcissistic social structure, family or otherwise. My qualifications are I was uniquely incapable of figuring this stuff out for many years. Being uniquely incapable qualifies me because I really … Continue reading Double-bind, no-win as key to figuring out real-world narcissism

Narcissism, a semiotic interpretation

The simplest definition of narcissism is “narrow or reduced interpretation(s) of psychological signs.” This is a functional definition that provides insight into a wide range of human psychological reactions. A broad example of psychological narcissism using the above definition is alcoholism which reduces sign interpretation due both to inebriation and toxicity. Notice this definition does … Continue reading Narcissism, a semiotic interpretation

Cooperative narcissism and meta-communication

I think we can describe virtually all group cohesion as “cooperative narcissism.” Groups are pretty much all self-aggrandizing and almost all of them show callous disregard for other groups, unless they are connected in a narcissistic super-group. Sports teams are a very basic example of narcissistic groups; players and fans revel in their selfishness and … Continue reading Cooperative narcissism and meta-communication

End-user cultural consumption as narcissism

I don’t really like the term narcissism because it is vague and in important ways can be applied to almost anyone. The concept does have value though in that it is widely recognized and understood and does seem to point to something real. Narcissism basically means being excessively selfish, self-centered, or vain. We can imagine … Continue reading End-user cultural consumption as narcissism

General analyses of signaling systems illuminate fundamentals of psychology

Individual psychology is a locus or node within a larger social system. More precisely, individual psychologies are particular signaling systems within larger social signaling systems. It is valuable to see this because general analyses of signaling systems—even those having nothing to do with human psychology—can shed light on human signaling systems, including both individual psychology … Continue reading General analyses of signaling systems illuminate fundamentals of psychology