Monday, 29 September 2008

Narcissistic disorder as a social trait

The narcissist is obsessed with fantasies of unlimited success, fame, fearsome power or omnipotence, unequalled brilliance (the cerebral narcissist), bodily beauty or sexual performance (the somatic narcissist), or ideal, everlasting, all-conquering love or passion.

The narcissistic landscape is fraught with contradictions. The narcissist depends on people - but hates and despises them. He wants to control them unconditionally - but is also looking to punish himself savagely. He is terrified of persecution ("persecutory delusions") - but seeks the company of his own "persecutors" compulsively.

The narcissist is the victim of incompatible inner dynamics, ruled by numerous vicious circles, pushed and pulled simultaneously by irresistible forces. A minority of narcissists choose the schizoid solution. They choose, in effect, to disengage, both emotionally and socially.

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Friday, 12 September 2008

Before the anathema

deeping the needle in
substantia nigra, makes
a spider web tattoo
the eye is a keyhole
I try to see through
the pattern woven
and the pattern undone
one needs an outline
a frail path to run
rules against new rules
yet blaming the fools
locked outside
the key on the door
forgetting our coppe
working overtime