“This stage has been given the name of narcissism.”

“This stage has been given the name of narcissism. What happens is this. There comes a time in the development of the individual at which he unifies his sexual instincts (which had hitherto been engaged in auto-erotic activities) in order to obtain a love-object; and he begins by taking himself, his own body, as his love-object, and only subsequently proceeds from this to the choice of some person other than himself as his object.”

― Sigmund Freud, Psycho-Analytic Notes on an Autobiographical Account of a Case of Paranoia

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