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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

pri·mar·y nar·cis·sism

in psychoanalysis, the original psychic energy embodied or invested in the ego.
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We find, in other words, a continuity between these often falsely isolated stages of Lacan's teaching, that of the famous article on the Mirror Stage and his other pioneering work on primary narcissism in the 1940s and the later, supposedly hyper-structuralist seminars that focus, we are told, on the Symbolic.
The famous mirror episode in Canto XVI of the Liberata receives a thoroughly Lacanian reading that goes beyond standard Renaissance interpretations of the mirror as Vanity or Lust, and reaches into a psychoanalysis of Rinaldo's "primary narcissism" (158-59) and the eventual "soci alization of his I" (165).
The objectless state of primary narcissism as it is described by Freud has no place in K leinian theory.
He thinks that it comes from the experience of primary narcissism, which is a primordial pooling of libido within the ego.(37) During this period of development, the subject's ego, bathed in the positive energy of libido, is presented to him as a first instance of perfection--his first ideal, after which all subsequent ideals are fashioned.

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