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The Narcissists

Narcissists

Why, beautiful being, do you shun me? Surely my face is not one to repel you. The nymphs love me, and you yourself look not indifferent upon me. When I stretch forth my arms you do the same; and you smile upon me and answer my beckonings with the like. Stay, I entreat you! Let me at least gaze upon you, if I may not touch you.
~ Narcissus to himself.

Narcissists are people who are completely full of themselves. They are exceedingly pompous, spoiled, selfish and rude. They constantly look at their reflection marveling about their beauty. They also are so proud of their accomplishments too, they see nothing but themselves.

The term comes from the Greek legend of the "beautiful" Beotian hunter Narcissus, son of both the river god Cephissus and the Naiad (nymph) Liriope, who was so vain that he drowned himself while looking at his own handsome reflection in a lake. Though the figure's name is of uncertain etymology. According to linguistics expert Professor R. S. P. Beekes, "[t]he suffix [-ισσος] clearly points to a Pre-Greek word." The word "narcissus" has come to be used for the daffodil, but there is no clarity on whether the flower was named for the myth, or the myth for the flower, or if there were any true connection at all. Pliny the Elder wrote that the plant was named for its fragrance (ναρκάω narkao, "I grow numb") not the youth.

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