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  • Crawling Out of Depressive State Using Narcissistic Self-Deception or Imaginary Elevated Self-Esteem

    Low self-esteem is a major problem associated with depression. The symptom of low self-esteem is not only a major contributor for the ongoing depressive state, but also is a major obstacle, not allowing recovery or even further pushing the person affected down the abyss. Low self-esteem is very often one of the most important, if not the most important, causes of psychological & personality disorders.

    A narcissist develops pathological narcissism as a self-defense mechanism, which becomes merely an unconscious reaction for the affected person, though some narcissistic people may have a good understanding of exactly what they are doing. In reality this self-defense mechanism is a self-deception for the purpose of boosting self-esteem. Narcissistic people are exceptional at being able to deceive themselves, and for this reason they have unusually elevated self-esteem & grandiose sense of self. In many ways their demeanor is similar to those with bipolar disorder when they are having an episode of mania. Because of this elevated sense of self narcissistic people, & people who are having a manic episode, have high levels of productivity & activity, many of them are likely to be much more creative compared to an average person. In contrary, people in their depressive state have very low productivity, are likely to be inactive or, even if there is any activity, it’s usually destructive in nature. For this reason it might be a good idea to explore narcissistic self-deception as a possible tool to help people who suffer from depression.

    Narcissistic self-deception can serve as a bridge of recovery, allowing to person to have a temporary relief from the daunting depressive state & lifting the paralysis of social, interpersonal and productive functioning, thus creating a better situational condition to aid the recovery process. Such conditions, we can all agree, are very important to the recovery process; moreover, recovery is unlikely without having these conditions. You can preach a depressed person all day long how & what would be likely to help them, that said, without them being able to have the right atmosphere for recovery, it’s all pretty much  a “moo point”. Doctors, counselors & likes have limited capacity of power when it comes to boosting an individual’s self-esteem, much of this is due to the limited time & the working/limited relationship they have with the patient. To fight this situation many psychiatrists are likely to prescribe medication, however for the people whose lives are hammered with situational problems even medication can have a limited effect. Generally people who take antidepressants describe the effect of medication as numbness in feelings, less caring about things, so basically dampened ability to feel. Medication doesn’t contribute much if anything to their self-esteem issues, especially so if their self-esteem problems are triggered by an external stressor or usually a large set of external stressors. The point is one is unlikely to have enough boost in self-esteem to gain enough productivity by dampening their feelings of lows. There must be a different factor to engage in the recovery process for self-esteem regulation. If there is help available & can be applied from family and friends, it’s definitely a great factor that can help massively. However, in cases when such help is not available, I see little to no option other than self-deception. In fact, most of the new born narcissistic pathologies are due to the fact of isolation & no availability of external help & for this reason they turn to self-deception to preserve their existence.