The Ruffled Crow

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The Narcissism of Small Differences – Darryl Hutchison

This examination of the adversarial relationship of a man with his shadow explores the inherent duality of the individual and the struggle to resolve this internal conflict.

The narcissism of small differences (der Narzißmus der kleinen Differenzen) is a term coined by Sigmund Freud in 1917, based on the earlier work of British anthropologist Ernest Crawley: ‘Crawley, in language which differs only slightly from the current terminology of psychoanalysis, declares that each individual is separated from others by a “taboo of personal isolation”…this “narcissism of minor differences”‘. The term describes ‘the phenomenon that it is precisely communities with adjoining territories, and related to each other in other ways as well, who are engaged in constant feuds and ridiculing each other’ – ‘such sensitiveness […] to just these details of differentiation’. via

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