Narcissism; Spring 67: A Journal of Archetype and Culture

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A wit (not Oscar Wilde!) once said that a narcissist is anyone who looks better than you do. But really-what do Jungians and post-Jungians think of this psychological term that is oh so Freudian? After all Jung mentioned narcissism only once in his writings (see the quote below), and James Hillman writes on it lightly, and then, like Jung, primarily to criticize and dismiss it. Why is this? Is it because from an archetypal position narcissism is simply a confusion of the myth and image with a complex of egotistical subjectivity? Or is there a deeper philosophical problem in Narcissism connected to a way of being which seems endemic to a Hollywood driven imagination and is viewed with contempt by intellectuals?

Spring 67 takes on these questions of narcissism and more. Mythologist, translator, and former editor Charles Boer goes right to the problem and asks if perhaps it is a question of Hermes. Anais Spitzer looks at Narcissus myth logically and psychologically along with the classical figures of Eros and Oedipus. Greg Mogenson tackles the question connecting it with the problem of shame. Plus this issue has a brilliant article by the European director and actor Enrique Pardo on Italian theatre (acting-is there a more narcissistic profession?). There is also James Siegel on a new idea of the microcosm, a memoir by the New York artist Ann McCoy of Mary Bancroft (an anti-narcissist if there ever was one), a chapter from Michael Ortiz Hill's new book on Africa (written in his seductive Californian style), a Robert Henderson interview of Joseph Henderson, Tom Cheetham on Henry Corbin, and more.

"Every man who pursues his own goal is a 'narcissist'-though one wonders how permissible it is to give such wide currency to a term specifically coined for the pathology of neurosis. The statement therefore amounts to nothing; it merely elicits the faint surprise of a bon mot." C.G. Jung

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