Psychotherapists can go overboard in “psychologizing”. Here’s an example:
Greek mythology tells the story of Narcissus, a beautiful and callous youth who loved only himself. He broke hearts with impunity until one day he happened upon his own reflection in a pool of water. He fell so in love with his image that he stayed, glued to the spot, until he starved to death. We are all afflicted with at least a bit of narcissism, and like the broken-hearted nymphs in the story, may unfortunately know someone who is seriously so. A true narcissist lacks empathy, and can only see himself. Even a week like this, which has included both an earthquake and a hurricane, leaves him impervious to the reality of universal human vulnerability. The earth can shake and winds can rage, but the narcissist must stay focused on himself and his conviction that he is in control. Serious weather events are one way to ferret out the narcissists in our midst.
A bit much? You bet. On the other hand, narcissism is a serious interpersonal event. And when we must live or work with a narcissist, informed preparedness can make all the difference.