One of our family members recently asked a question that was a good cause for pause. The member innocently (and likely fervently seeking answers) asked, “Where is the message of HOPE in all this talk about narcissism and narcissistic abuse”?
I couldn’t provide an answer right away, but as I thought about it, I realized that the hope in encountering this abuse is the kind that we all have to dig for.
Hope is defined as an optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: “expect with confidence” and “to cherish a desire with anticipation”.
Let’s discuss the opposite of hope first:
The very nature of narcissism is one of hopelessness, because there is NO CURE. It’s…
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