primary narcissism


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narcissism

 [nahr´sĭ-sizm]
dominant interest in oneself; self-love. adj., adj narcissis´tic.
primary narcissism that occurring in the early infantile phase of object relationship development, when the child has not differentiated himself from the outside world and regards all sources of pleasure as originating within himself.
secondary narcissism that in which the libido, once attached to external love objects, is redirected back to the self.

pri·mar·y nar·cis·sism

in psychoanalysis, the original psychic energy embodied or invested in the ego.
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