Echo and Narcissus -John William Waterhouse
Poor Echo was neglected by Narcissus. The handsome boy despised everybody; all the nymphs and young men living in the wood. Echo never had her own voice, but she kept repeating what the others were saying… another victim of Narcissus’ cruelty, Nemesis, prayed to Zeus for Narcissus to fall in love with somebody who was always out of reach. And the prayer was answered; Narcissus fell in love with his own image mirrored in the water spring, and eventually died of thirst, hunger and lack of sleep. Eventually he fell into the river and metamorphosed into the beautiful yellow flower we all know at spring time. What we are not familiar with is that Echo had to go on living in the caves forever, as a skin and bones woman, left only with her voice, repeating the last letters or tune of the words or music she was listening to .
Just this week we had a course on psychiatric aflictions; Narcissistic behaviour was one of them so when I saw Spinditty's playlist it was an easy choise for this week's theme.
Proud as a peacock, the narcissist struts his stuff. He demands to be center stage in attention. But he'll peck your eyes out if you don't watch out.
If you've ever dated, loved, or worked with a narcissist, his or her memory has been seared upon you like a bad tattoo. Narcissists are all about
- entitlement and
Narcissism involves a sense of entitlement and manipulation of others for one's own purposes. Narcissists often come across as arrogant and self-absorbed.
Needless to say I have had my own share of having to deal with a person with narcissm in my life.... *been there, done that*