Beyond the Pleasure Principle

The narcissist exudes charisma, in the secular rather than the sacred sense. He needs nothing and no one but himself. The narcissist sends off a glow of sheer inviolability. Nothing gets to him. Nothing daunts him. His being is unified, coherent and composed: the narcissist has transcended all painful self-division; he is never prey to ambiguity and anxiety.

Mark Edmundson

Sigmund Freud, ‘Beyond the Pleasure Principle’.

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