primary narcissism

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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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For the common variety neurotic, which by the end of Lacan's teaching must be considered to be anyone who has acceded fully to the Symbolic, the dyadic logic of demand that accompanies primary narcissism has been nuanced with the metonymy of desire in the signifier; desire, properly speaking, is absent for the psychotic precisely by virtue of the lack of a full installation of the paternal law.
8) As such, they signal that primary narcissism, a form of independence, is the accomplishment of the first generation of former slaves.
the idealizing transference serves the narcissistic needs of the analysand by saving "a part of the lost experience of primary narcissism [i.
40) The subject of primary narcissism can be described as self-satisfied, then, because he finds relief from instinctual tension within himself, without the need for an external object.
St Paul's words in the marriage liturgy and certain of Freud's insights into primary narcissism are used to illuminate the complex nature of Othello's erotic passion.
In one Freudian articulation at least, primary narcissism is an "absolute self-sufficien[cy] from which we step, toward noticing a changeful world outside and the beginnings of finding objects, by being born [mit dem Geborenwerden].

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