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Here’s a philosophical/analytical one for you all: is imagination a vital component of ego and/or of narcissism?

 

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Posted - February 13

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  • 5936
    Narcissism, definitely. 

    Ego? I'm not sure. I'd need do a little refresher on Freud. 

    Good question. 
      February 13, 2021 10:07 AM MST
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  • 40739

     

      Refresher?  Strange coincidence, I just happen to have a few volumes on the subject with me right now. Listen, why don’t I drop by your place and we can make the day of it? Call it a study date. 


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      February 13, 2021 10:22 AM MST
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  • 5936
    No one can ever accuse you of not being persistent. 
      February 13, 2021 6:01 PM MST
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  • 40739

     

      There is an old Randonian proverb: fisherman who never dangles his worm into the water never gets a nibble. (Or something like that.)
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      February 13, 2021 6:07 PM MST
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  • 5936

    (This is a joke, because I know neither of us know what it means). 

      February 13, 2021 6:13 PM MST
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  • 40739

     

      We should get together to discuss ancient Randonian folklore and customs. I hear the mating rituals make up a large part of it all. 

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      February 13, 2021 6:15 PM MST
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  • 5771
    It can also mean:

      February 14, 2021 10:54 AM MST
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  • 5771
    If you watch a few videos of SNL's "The Continental" with Christopher Walken you will see the meaning clearly.  Watch more than one. hahahahaha
      February 14, 2021 9:33 AM MST
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  • 560
    Aren't you ever afraid the worm is going to get more than it bargained for?
      February 14, 2021 10:41 AM MST
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  • 40739

     

      That’s happened more than a few times during my life. Grrrrrrr.








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      February 14, 2021 1:51 PM MST
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  • 35084
    Can we talk astrophysics, please?
      February 13, 2021 11:48 AM MST
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  • 7343

    This question has been debated for many years.  Psychologically speaking, it's a part of both; and yet at the same time, a part of neither.  German Psychologist Wilhelm Wundt once said, "The imagination of a narcissistic person is greater than the capability of his ego."  Ego, one's perception of their self on a conscious level, utilizes imagination on an antithetical level.  In other words, one imagines themselves to be either greater or substandard to what they, in their own psyche perceive as "good" - whether that perception is valid or erroneous.  Similarly, narcissism, a person's "ego on steroids", if you will, employs imagination on a diametric degree.  While these two forces seem to oppose each other, they also give form of agreement.  The mere coexistence of these two seemingly opposing forces requires us to further analyze our definition of ‘imagination’. 
    The Oxford Dictionary of Psychology defines imagination as, "The fanciful creation or empty assumption of an active mind".  This definition clearly encompasses both ego and narcissism.  Furthermore, given this definition, we can also infer that an inactive mind has no imagination, and thus conclude that ego and narcissism require an active mind.  Although both ego and narcissism can be described as “fanciful creation”, they can also be characterized as “empty assumption”.  This might lead one to conclude that imagination is vital for the character of both ego and narcissism.
    However, the conclusive resolution as to whether imagination is a vital component of ego and/or narcissism can be found in the words of Famed Austrian Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud -
    “Tell me, what do you think the answer is?”
    “Mmm-mmm...”
    “And how does that make you feel?”

      February 13, 2021 11:58 AM MST
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  • 5936
    Hahaha! 

    Great answer. 
      February 13, 2021 6:04 PM MST
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  • 40739

     

      Excuse me, I’ve been over this with you just in the past two days. Remember whose side you’re supposed to be on. Grrrrrrr. 

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      February 13, 2021 6:10 PM MST
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  • 5936
    I don't even know what you mean on this one! And why do you think I'd be on your side anyway? It's not all that likely, you know. 

    It's a great and funny answer!
      February 13, 2021 6:15 PM MST
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  • 7343
    Translation - "I don't get it"
      February 13, 2021 6:17 PM MST
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  • 40739

     

     Excuuuuuiuuuuse me, you are expected to be on my side in all issues and at all times!  You did read the brochure, didn’t you? (Good help is so hard to find these days! Grrrrrrr.)
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      February 13, 2021 6:19 PM MST
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  • 5936
    What have you been smoking? 


      February 13, 2021 6:23 PM MST
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  • 40739

     

      Look, I found a bundle of all the brochures I’ve been sending to you over the past couple of years! Someone accidentally left them next to the incinerator!  How lucky I got there just before they came back for them; they might have confused them for trash and burned them to ashes!
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      February 13, 2021 6:29 PM MST
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  • 5936
    Unless those are pet supply catalogs (as if they even make catalogs anymore, sigh) or those cool travel brochures and magazines they used to put out in rest stops and hotel lobbies, they're going straight to recycling! 
      February 13, 2021 6:35 PM MST
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  • 40739

     

      I’m going for the philosophical, not the psychological.
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      February 13, 2021 6:08 PM MST
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  • 7343
    Interesting..... That response could indicate the presence of an Oedipus complex.  Tell me, how did you feel about your mother?
      February 13, 2021 6:16 PM MST
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  • 40739

     

      I love my mother!

    (Let‘s see how well Shuhak knows this comedy routine, folks.)

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      February 13, 2021 6:17 PM MST
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  • 7343
      February 13, 2021 6:24 PM MST
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