The Culture of Narcissism:

Shea, George W.

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...Parents, he tells us, are delib- Season, featuring MALCOLM BOYD, examines various human activities and erately kept in a state of anxiety about Episcopal Priest, leader in the Civil Rights, Peace and Gay Rights Movethe manifestations of narcissistic behav- child-rearing, and are thus forced to dements of the '60s and '70s and author ior that now characterizes them...
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...become the predominant psychic disorConunonweal: 220 and lasting relationships, an inability to eclipse of reality by illusion, recurs...
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...The narcissistic personality is Lasch, the illusion of achievement and ling hypothesis, the pervasiveness of marked as well by the belief that history success is more important than real ac- narcissism in our society, leads to deeper is irrelevant and that society has no fu- complishment...
...in Religious Studies posed of a preacher, a picture-show man- the form...
...of moral authority fades, as the super-ego although Lasch's framework and For Lasch, Arthur Miller's Willy fades in the narcissistic individual, and is Loman symbolizes the postwar personal- replaced by a feverish effort to conform ity, with its need to be well liked...
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...Nevertheless, one been quarreling about ecclesiology rather CATHOLIC PRIEST, 45, ten years' exwould have liked some indication, be- than reading up on Christology, and perience as head of a 900-pupil, Catholic yond the vague reference to "com- ecumenical time is needed to bring our co-educational, independent, secondary munities of competence" in his final Christian vision back into focus...
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...She attempts to move either players or spectators, as games ril,rro' of capital others while remaining unmoved herself...
...No longer played with abandon, '{11I1eei'I thus derives little gratification from her they lose their ability to raise the spirits of v!I t)S'enSib'Y social success...
...In the family, the notion tions are then forced...
...member team in service to University stuhistory and posterity, who have not In this particular volume, Sheed does dents, faculty and staff...
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...HOLY SATURDAY us that contemporary hedonism, of The narcissistic male, on the other hand, enteR WITH which she is the supreme symbol, origi- wanting sex but fearful of dependence r(.rw:P* MAICOLM BOYD nates not in the pursuit of pleasure but in and of lasting relationships, is unable to the war of all against all, in which even provide either the stimulation or tender- APRIL 13-14, 1979 the most intimate encounters become a ness his partner desires...
...Drawing from both Freud and later writ- of both competition and dependence, Knowledge of pricing, a strong under- shallowness, the inability to form deep standing of production schedules, a flair ers on the subject, he describes the narfor design, an ability to work closely with cissistic personality as one dominated by those whose products are being mar- a grandiose conception of self, a concepketed, a capacity for leadership and supervision, would be plusses...
...Grimmest of all is Lasch's treatment of to announce an event for the Easter In the later chapters of his book Lasch education...

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