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According to psychoanalysis, what is narcissistic elation?
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The term narcissistic elation was coined in the 1970s by psychoanalyst Béla Grunberger. Essentially, narcissistic elation describes an ideal state of bliss, experienced by the fetus, where the object, in this case the fetus, completely withdraws from the exterior world. After birth, the newborn child continues to experience narcissistic elation through the mother figure, who fulfills all the needs of the child. In this moment, the child does not recognize the mother as being separate from the self and, therefore, experiences the sensation as its own.
Psychoanalysis concludes that one can experience narcissistic elation through the memory of this phenomenon. The individual engaging in this memory experiences a sense of wholeness, unity and completeness, which are all feelings linked to the memory. In later life, one might enter the memory of narcissistic elation through music, sexual passion or mysticism.
Posted by theyellowbookworm on March 8, 2014 at 2:30 PM (Answer #1)
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