"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw
"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Magpie #110- Narcissism




image: Duane Michals


Narcissism





Self-absorbed
Egocentric fixation
On unreality


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There was time in our family when a very disfunctional person entered
and was enabled to wreak emotional disaster in our family. Essentially
she permanently destroyed relationships between father
and children and between brothers and sisters.
This image brought out all those dark visceral memories.
Our family never recovered from what had happened.

24 comments:

Margaret said...

Yes, self absorbed was one aspect I almost went with here. This is very "snappy" ... nice.

thingy said...

Amazing how one person can wreak havoc and divide family.

Heaven said...

How sad that this person destroyed the love and relationships in the family. I like the haiku ~

Laurel's Quill said...

Oh Snap! "unreality"...I like it!

Tess Kincaid said...

Well said...

Paige said...

very good 'ku.
amazing how one person can
wreck havoc inside a family.

Kat Mortensen said...

I hope this brought closure. Think of the mirror as a compact, and snap it shut!

Berowne said...

Fascinating, poignant story you shared with us.

Little Nell said...

One person can be capable of quite a lot of emotional damage. I can see how this picture could drag those painful memories to the fore.

Wander said...

Sociopaths can do that...had one destroy my marriage, feel for you!

Wander

Karen said...

A terrific haiku!

kaykuala said...

Life is most unfair, Kathe! One person made a choice and unraveled the family fabric. A pity!

Hank

zongrik said...

perfect haiku for this

mirrored

Sreeja said...

Good one it captures your thoughts well. Anyway life is full of all colors and we have to go through.

rel said...

I and me is often the wedge between you and us.
sad.
rel

jane.healy said...

There are people who seem to thrive on the havoc they wreak - it's very sad, and I am sorry that your family were the vistims of such a person.

Helen said...

I had the same reaction as 'thingy' ... how one person could have that much control/power! Your Mag came from a place deep within ... thank you for sharing.

Doctor FTSE said...

I'm sure these wreckers know what they're doing and why they do it. For fun.

Carrie Burtt said...

A powerful story Kathe....hope that your family has recovered at some point from the pain. (still working on my lucky duck) Hope you have a great week! :-)

Jinksy said...

Oh, to see ourselves as others see us, eh?

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Excellent observation Kathe - I can relate to this.

Anna :o]

Tumblewords: said...

Powerful.

~T~ said...

Hoping for your healing...

Thanks for tagging me as a lucky duck. I've been busy, but I'll try to think of some questions.

Lydia said...

A heavy memory stored and expressed beautifully. I love that "unreality."

Coincidentally, a very dysfunctional person created havoc in my family when I was a kid and we were altered forever, also.