Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Narcissism of small differences

I stumbled upon this concept today and it connected two posts which I came across lately: one in my own blog, and one in Chana's.

The Narcissism of small differences is a term coined by Sigmund Freud in 1917, based on the earlier work of British anthropologist Ernest Crawley[citation needed]. The term describes the manner in which our negative feelings are sometimes directed at people who resemble us, while we take pride from the "small differences" that distinguish us from them.

The term appeared in Civilization and Its Discontents (1929-1930)[1] in relation to the application of the inborn aggression in man in ethnic conflict.

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D. suggested Freud's "Narcissism of Small Difference" provides a framework within which to understand that in a loving relationship there can be a need to find, and even exaggerate, differences in order to preserve as feeling of separateness and self. [2]

(from Wikipedia)

2 Comments:

Blogger Chana said...

Very interesting, thank you!

August 01, 2007 5:31 PM  
Blogger XGH said...

ha! That caught my eye too, and I was planning a post on it. It explains the incessant fighting between OJ groups.

August 01, 2007 6:55 PM  

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