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WOTD  
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Wednesday 4th August 2021
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narcissism (noun) NAR-sis-iz-um



Excessive self-admiration and self-centeredness.

There tends to come a point at which the borderline narcissism that drives many stars to seek validation in the entertainment industry is no longer sated by simply being talented and successful in one discipline.

Marina Hyde, The Guardian, 5 January 2008. Guardian

Speaking of the boomers' inexhaustible fascination with themselves, Bill Clinton has transformed his wife's campaign into his narcissism tour.

George Will, The Washington Post, 10 January 2008. Washington Post

Philip Roth, one of America's most distinguished living novelists, has attacked as "repugnant" the "orgy of national narcissism" that has gripped the United States since September 11.

Sam Leith, Telegraph, 5 October 2002. Telegraph

Classical narcissism, a personality disorder whose symptoms include lack of empathy, grandiose fantasies, excessive need for approval, rage, social isolation and depression, has been well mapped by the psychoanalytical community.

Stephen Sherrill, The New York Times, 9 December 2001. New York Times

Their themes, particularly that of narcissism and self-image, are entirely relevant to self-obsessed contemporary culture.

Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times, 30 July 2007. New York Times




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