** “The successful narcissist is the one who can make the environment continuously resonate to his narcissistic needs. People respond with praise and admiration; work provides a stunning showcase for the narcissist's talents and abilities; his possessions, hobbies, and pastimes keep him buoyed up emotionally and help him sail through life.” The Search for the Real Self, James F. Masterson, M.D., The Free Press / New York, 1988, p. 100.
*** Another way of expressing this solipsism is: “The world is a mirror. Any place in it where I don’t see myself, where I don’t feel the milky warmth of myself, where my Self is not reflected and I am not bathed in glorification, I am alone in my endless botch.”
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* Theresa Sheppard Alexander, Facing the Wolf, Plume, 1997.