The thesis of Richard Sennett's The Fall Of Public Man is that narcissism is an outcome of the decline in participation in polis. In his book the related to the statement expressed Kristin Dombek’s exceprt
Normal, healthy people are full of self, a kind of substance like a soul or personhood that, if you have it, emanates warmly from inside of you toward the outside of you.
but draws the opposite conclusion.
The focus on making others understand how sincerely ‘warm’ you and 'full of self' you are is the root of narcissism. That focus is inherently selfish becuse it is only about the percevied authenticity of your self by others. It does not matter if it is genuine, or as the exceprt referes to narcissists, the procuct of imitation.
This is bad for society because once you’ve convinced someone else, there is nothing left to share because people aren’t interacting, they’re just emanating.
I read this expcept as celebration of a vice as a virtue.
I’m interested in your thoughts.