Counseling, Coaching, Psychology, Therapy

Narcissism is not Egomania

on June 1, 2015

The Individual and his Journey

Narcissism is often used as a misnomer to describe what actually is egomania in popular culture, in particular, I have heard Russell Brand regard himself as a Narcissist a few times.  Russell, you’re not a narcissist.  You’re an egomaniac.  But the two are actually very different.  Egomania is a genuine obsession with the self, the promulgation of the self, and the advancement of the self to the exclusion of all else.  The fundamental different is egomaniacs actually do have high self-esteem, to the point of delusion, unlike narcissists who have cripplingly low self-esteem, which they seek to mask beneath a façade of success, but is in the case of the narcissist compensatory.  As such narcissism and egomania are not synonymic but antonymic. Egomaniacs an endure extraordinary hardship and opprobrium and remain mostly unaffected.  Most spiritual leaders fit the definition; most prominent personalities fit the definition.  It’s largely evolutionarily advantageous.  The…

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