The Culture of Narcissism Revisited: Transformations of Narcissism in Contemporary Psychospirituality

  title={The Culture of Narcissism Revisited: Transformations of Narcissism in Contemporary Psychospirituality},
  author={Ann Gleig},
  journal={Pastoral Psychology},
  • Ann Gleig
  • Published 1 February 2010
  • Psychology
  • Pastoral Psychology
In this paper, I trace the debate over narcissism in deinstitutionalized and heavily psychologized spiritualities. First, I summarize how Sigmund Freud’s discussion with Romain Rolland about the “oceanic feeling” established the classical psychoanalytic view of mysticism as a regression to primary narcissism. Second, I review how Heinz Kohut’s radical reconceptualization of narcissism has played a seminal role in socio-cultural interpretations of modern psychologized spirituality. Third, I… 
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