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It is the False Self that interacts with the world. It is the False Self that suffers and enjoys, will get hooked up and indifferent, joins and separates, develops likes and dislikes, preferences and prejudices, loves and hates. Whatever occurs to the narcissist, his experiences, the setbacks that he (inevitably) suffers, the humiliations, the adoration, the fears and the hopes — all these occur to at least one self eliminated, to the False Self.
The narcissist is shielded by this development. He lives in a padded cell of his personal creation, an everlasting observer, unhurt, embryo-like in the womb of his True Self. No marvel that this duality, so entrenched, so elementary to the narcissistic character — can also be so evident, so discernible. This delegation of feelings is what unsettles those that work together with the narcissist: the sensation that his True Self is absent and that each one the emoting is completed by a false emanation.
The narcissist himself experiences this dichotomy, this break between his False Self which is his interface with the true world — and his True Self which is ceaselessly dormant in a no-man’s land. The narcissist lives in this warped actuality, divorced from his personal feelings, always feeling that he’s an actor in a movie that includes his life.
(From the ebook “Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited” by Sam Vaknin – Click on this hyperlink to buy the print ebook, or 16 e-books, or three DVDs with 16 hours of video lectures on narcissists, psychopaths, and abuse in relationships: http://www.narcissistic-abuse.com/thebook.html)
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