Narcissists are often on my mind, these days, because they
- seek and gain positions of power,
- get a disproportionate amount of attention from the media, and
- interfere with people maintaining positive mental health.
Because I’m sick to death of narcissists, I want to pose this question today:
What is the opposite of a narcissist?
For all you non-narcissists out there who care, I just googled “What is the opposite of a narcissist” and found this:
If you read that article by Lindsay Dodgson, you’ll find that empaths
- are very receptive to the emotions of others,
- don’t have the filters that other people have,
- are very sensitive to noise and smells,
- can be overwhelmed by being in crowds,
- are often exhausted by social situations,
- need time alone, and
- have difficulty setting boundaries.
Over six years ago, this empath posted Day 208: Another side of mind reading (empathy), which featured the TV show Six Feet Under, the Cleveland Clinic‘s “Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care” (which always makes me cry), and Gem from Star Trek, who is taught — for the survival of her species — to feel, share, and experience other people’s pain.
When I was in my 20’s, I used to ask people this question:
Do you think there are more mean people or more stupid people in this world?
In retrospect, I think I was trying to make sense of — and better understand — people who seemed so foreign to me. (I also think I was trying to make sense of — and better understand — the mean and stupid parts of myself, but that’s another story.) Today, I want to ask this question:
Do you think there are more narcissists or more empaths in this world?
I am happy to report that, based on my 66 years of experience in this world, I firmly believe there are more empaths than narcissists. (The jury is still out on whether there are more mean people or stupid people.)
Do you see any narcissists or empaths in my photos from yesterday?
Feel free to express any opposites in a comment, below.
Empathic thanks to those who help me express healthy narcissism in my daily posts and — of course! — special thanks to YOU.