The wound that connects: a consideration of "Narcissism" and the creation of soulful space.

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Authors: Todres, L.

Journal: Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology

Volume: 4

Pages: 1-12

ISSN: 1445-7377

This article develops an existential perspective on what has been called 'narcissism'. Using both the psychoanalytic tradition and the literature myth of Narcissus as 'touchstones', it unfolds a view of vulnerability - a journey that is potentially the source and depth of human compassion. With the help of the perspective of A. H. Almaas and Eugene Gendlin, the phenomenon of 'soulful space' is named, and pursued in both logical and evocative ways. 'Soulful space' is articulated as an existential achievement and an alternative response to the call of Narcissus: an embodiment of both vulnerability and freedom; a freedom-wound that grounds interpersonal empathy and openness.

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