Narcissism in Emotion

David Pugmire

in Sound Sentiments

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276899
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602689 | DOI:
Narcissism in Emotion

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Is emotion a form of concern with things as they affect my well-being (and thus instrumental in this sense)? Many philosophers think it is, and emotion does have ways of becoming markedly self-centered. This happens when a person’s emotion comes itself to matter to him because it is his and the rest of the world because of how it impinges on his emotions. With this narcissistic focus, one’s emotions then attract further, second-order emotions. But narcissistic emotion is disordered: only some emotions are properly emotions of self-care, and for others to be given this form is isolating and inimical to emotional depth.

Keywords: clinical; confessional culture; depth; futility; Narcissus; personal incorporation; perspective; self-care; value; World Trade Center

Chapter.  10532 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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