An Assignment from Psych

Discussion in 'THREAD ARCHIVES' started by Hydronine, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. List and describe TEN ways in which narcissism could apply to you (Yes, you) - as a student, son/daughter, a parent, an employee/employer, a friend, a partner, an acquaintance, ect.

    Discuss some of the narcissistic traits or tenancies you think might be applicable in you and your life and whether you believe these are positive or negative traits.

    Also discuss how you believe you "got" them, why you have them, and why you continue to own them, and how they are beneficial to you, add any additional information you find relevant.
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  2. I had to look up traits of narcissism to really answer this effectively. XD

    -- Hyper Sensitive to Criticism
    This is something I have always had a problem with, and I'm constantly having to battle it. It's a very negative trait, for the obvious reason that I might flip out over simple advice or suggestions.

    -- Critical of Others
    Yeeeaaah, true to the hypocrisy of narcissism, I can't take it but I dish it out. D: When I don't check myself, I can get nitpicky critical about others to that really obnoxious self righteous extreme.

    -- Envious and Competitive!
    Not in the healthy ways, but in the ridiculous ways. Like, I might start hating someone cause they get more attention than me. Or get really pissed off because a friend did better at a project.

    -- Fluctuating between superior and inferior feelings!
    I will have extreme moments of thinking I am the most awesome person in the world and thinking I'm way smarter/better/blahblah than others, and fifteen minutes later hit rock bottom and feel the exact opposite! o__o

    -- Feelings of Entitlement!
    I always feel like I deserve more than what I get, regardless of whether or not I worked for it or deserve it. :/

    -- No Sense of Humor of Self Jokes
    Thankfully this one isn't too bad, but when jokes at my expense keep on going, or happen a lot in a short time frame it kills me. x___X The humor I have in it fails and I start getting butthurt!

    -- Center of the Universeness!
    I always feel like I am the center of the universe. It doesn't help that I have this natural ability to collect and draw people to me. So it kinda fluffs up those ego feelings that I am just soooo important that everything revolves around me. That includes thinking stuff would fall apart without my presence!

    -- Vanity!
    My appearance is a big deal. I have to know that I look pretty, and I am constantly fussing in mirrors when I catch my reflection. I did always want to take a million pictures of myself and have them around to gaze at my own prettiness. c_c;

    Ever. I'm always right and perfect in every way. Another one of those things I have to work hard at not to do. e_e;

    -- Pathological lying!
    I used to do this A LOT during my tween and teen years. :/ I don't know if that was directly related to narcissism or other issues.

    I know I am a narcissist. XD I've always been kind of self righteous and uppity. It's been inherited and trained in to me by my mother and grandmother - WHICH BY THE WAY - thanks for digging up those feelings! x___x While looking up info to answer this post, I found a site "Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers" and what was described was so dead-on about what I grew up with, it's got me all twitchie now.

    Anyways, because of that, I try to be really, really, really self aware and catch myself before I let those traits slip in to the "bad zones". .___.; Not always successful, but I have two crazy-ladies as examples to what I -could- be acting like if I don't behave. c__c
  3. YES! You answered and gave a perfect example!

    And this isn't meant to make you feel particularly bad, it's just for fun.
  4. Oh come on, guys! try it!
  5. But... it's like...

  6. Oh come on, it's a way to know yourself better!
  7. I don't think people want to dig deep and look at their own flaws for the potential of learning and bettering themselves. ;__;
  8. We're too busy being perfect and not arrogant or elitist at all, duh.
  9. I'm very well-aware of my flaws, thankyouverymuch. It's what allows me to BETTER MYSELF.

    But this is homework!!!

    Maybe I'll do it later, if TK promises to give me a jiggly-dance in my lap...
  10. ............ I'll think about it...


  13. MARCH 28, 2017

    The drive back to the Ivory Tower from Castle Aighyl was on the rambunctious side.

    Especially since Raven Tallwood was once again at the wheel.

    Evidently, in the weeks since they had gotten to know one another, Sam Ebayan had never actually been a passenger in a vehicle operated by the brunette.

    The Aston Martin veered through traffic like a red comet across the stars. Horns honked at its passing. Other drivers tried desperately to stay out of its way. It even tilted onto its left two wheels to slide past a Bentley and cut it off. The car jostled its passengers as it touched ground on four tires once again.

    "Whee! That was fun!" Erika laughed.

    "I swear, you're trying to kill us," Jill moaned.

    Even Natalia seemed to pale at the sheer audacity of Raven's driving.

    Sam appeared stoic and calm, but a closer inspection revealed that he was gripping the armrest on the passenger-side door with whitened knuckles.

    Raven smirked at that. "Scared, Sam? Tough guy like you?"

    "Fear is a perfectly normal response to someone dangerous," he replied evenly. "And you, Raven, are very dangerous."

    "I thought you were the kind of guy who liked danger."

    Erika gagged. "Get a room already! Or blow him. Usually, the girl's riding shotgun when she does that, though."

    The brunette gave the psychic a withering look that clearly said, "Shut up! I'm working, here!" Then she turned her attention back to the road while saying to Sam, "You know, asking us to help you out with investigating Emily Sternit and everything? That's putting a lot of responsibility on us. That deserves a little compensation, don't you think?"

    Sam eyed her warily.

    She chuckled at his expression. "Don't worry, I'm not asking you to do anything dangerous."

    "Like get in a car with you?" he deadpanned.

    "Oh, ha-ha. No, smartass. I was going to suggest you take me out to dinner."

    Erika raised a hand. "I want to get dinner, too! Pay for me! Pay for me!"

    Raven hissed, "Shut up, Erika!" She composed herself and continued, "Besides, let's be honest. I'll basically be babysitting you and Jill anyway."

    "Hey!" Jill said indignantly and then pointed at Natalia. "What about her?"

    "Oh, don't worry about me," the blonde replied mysteriously. "I think taking Raven out to dinner is wonderful idea, Sam."

    For his part, the mercenary was quiet. Finally, he said, "Let's get the others to the Tower first, Raven. We'll talk later."


    MARCH 28, 2017

    "See you guys later!" Jill waved in farewell as she, Natalia, and Erika walked down the courtyard of the Ivory Tower toward the dorms. Jill was already chatting the others' ears off about going on a shopping trip to buy materials to make her own superhero costume. Their voices faded as they walked out of sight.

    Once alone, Sam turned to face Raven. The brunette felt her heart skip a beat at that intense gaze. She found that she liked it. "Can I ask you something?" he said. She nodded. "Why are you so interested in me?"

    Raven smiled thinly. "Walk with me." She linked an arm through his and led him back to her car. "To be honest, I spent a lot of time thinking about it, myself. And then I realized that I've never met anyone as kindhearted as you."

    He raised an eyebrow. "Kindhearted? Most people would say I was the opposite."

    "Oh, you can be distant, reserved, and decisive, don't get me wrong. Not to mention intimidating. But you're definitely a softie." Raven tilted her head toward their retreating friends. "Not many men who'd give up time, money, and effort to make sure some crazy teenage girl and her aunt were safe and sound in a nice flat. Or make sure she got a good education." She blushed a bit. "Or stand up to the Archmage himself on more than one occasion for others." She looked up at him an smiled beatifically. "And then there's you literally sweeping me off my feet to save my life when we first met. It leaves an impression on a girl."

    "Crossfire said I had a 'knight in shining armor' routine," Sam said.

    "It suits you." Raven stopped and laid a hand on his chest. "Sam, I'd like to get to know you better and I find you very attractive. I've met and dated plenty of guys who are all bravado. And there's even a few who are nice, good boys. But I've never met anyone as idealistic as you -- and who still tempers that idealism with pragmatism. I find it a very sexy combination."

    Raven smiled in amusement. The expression on Sam's face -- eyes downcast, hands in his pockets, shoulders slumped -- was probably the closest he ever got to blushing. Finally, he said, guardedly, "I don't know about this, Raven. You're a beautiful young woman. But I'm a lot older than you. And more than that...." He sighed. "I've got baggage. A lot of it."

    "There's no harm in just dinner, Sam," she said softly.

    She couldn't read that stoic expression, but got the sense that he was mulling something over in his head. Then, "All right. But not dinner. If its the same to you, can we go somewhere more low-key?"

    Her heart skipped another beat in glee. "What did you have in mind?"
  14. Quoted for truth. >=(
  15. I have to agree this is too much like homework. I could do this, but honestly I should be instead thinking of how to post in game threads I have left abandoned for the last month as my life has gotten crazy. Besides I'd rather do something more proactive in bettering myself then to flaunt my flaws, which in a way I think is a bit narcissistic in and of it's self.

    But that is just myself. The thread idea is at least interesting.