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Narcissistic, Evil, or Realistic?

People of the Lie, by Scott Peck

It is important to love yourself or you leave yourself totally dependent on others’ approval.  Other people’s judgments of you may or may not be in your best interest.  A newborn baby is not, in most cases, inherently evil and does not deserve to be treated that way. One’s self-esteem is often created from the concepts that others have of him or her.   A low self-concept can lead to chronic depression and thus leave a person even more vulnerable to the criticisms of others’.  An incorrect perception of one’s self as not worthy of love in other peoples’ eyes is extremely damaging to one’s ability to love one’s self.  A person’s feelings of love for him or her self can serve as insulation from the taunts and threats of others meant to harm them.

On the other hand, there are some people who are truly evil.  They are invulnerable to the feelings and are not concerned about the welfare of others.  In M. Scott Peck‘s book, The People of the Lie, the Hope for Healing Human Evil, he acknowledges that there are people who are truly evil who can hurt other people and never feel guilty.  Often  this enables them to get away with things that other people could not do without incriminating themselves.  In this book, the author relates many stories about how these people can do very evil things and get away with them without a pang of conscience.  They seem to love themselves while at the same time ignoring the need of others for love too.

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