:As I was writing this blog entry mostly what I feel is how boring and dreary the subject is... because narcissists are so limiting and negative despite their unending efforts to appear otherwise. I see that there are real people out there doing joyful things together and I want to be part of that. Life is vitality. There is so much richness to experience in this life.

I've studied cluster B personality disorders not only because it was relevant to my personal life but also because psychology is an important component of my artistic life. I want to share that knowledge but think it might be better left to percolate through my images. So instead of the lengthy dissertation I wrote (which is getting the delete button), I leave the topic with this little poem, the post notes, and return to my work.

The personality disorder is the cup

that the zen master over pours.

Wasted tea.

(You are the master, fool!

There is no cup.

And you think I should wipe it up


This Image "Star" Elena Ray copyright 2010

This is one of my favorite pictures that Geoffrey created for me, from a photo shoot where he really was most courageous and giving as I was asking for the portrayal of his narcissistic characteristics. He knew very well what he was expressing here.This is the kind of portraiture I want to do... Not necessarily expressing only negative aspects of personality of course, just free to express all aspects of inner being. I want people to be psychologically courageous and free. And myself too. I've also reflected on photography as a device of narcissism. I'm not going to go into that here. Suffice to say at this time I'd like to cultivate my photographic art as a celebration of the creative spirit. More on that later...

In this study of mine on personality disorders (PD's) I have been determined to stay positive, to see this as something that will empower and free me from ever being narcissistic supply again. And also to be vigilant in regards to my own narcissism. PD's are black holes! We can only change ourselves and I do not plan on retiring to a schizoid hermitage where I foster fear and distrust in myself for others. It's the intimate feeding of PD's that is the problem (pattern) for me. In the Toltec sense, I've been taking the PD's story personally. I've taken their image and made it come alive in my heart. PD's thrive on this. And to remember that the PD has a sublimated real person in it's grasp. Careful compassion is in order. The going wisdom is that narcissistic disorders shun exposure like worms beneath rotting wood, so there's little hope for you if someone in your life suffers from one. They won't want to change because they can't even begin to think they need it since all their perceptions are carefully monitored by their hyper-vigilant ego and filtered through their personality disorder; a patterned filter that fits over the entire body and mind; a holistic rigidity that supersedes original nature as a more "glorious" second nature.


narcissism |ˈnärsəˌsizəm|


excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one's physical appearance.

• Psychology extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one's own talents and a craving for admiration, as characterizing a personality type.

See note at egotism .

• Psychoanalysis self-centeredness arising from failure to distinguish the self from external objects, either in very young babies or as a feature of mental disorder.


narcissist |ˈnärsəsəst| noun

narcissistic |ˌnärsəˈsistik| adjective

narcissistically |ˌnärsəˈsistik(ə)lē| adverb

ORIGIN early 19th cent.: via Latin from the Greek name Narkissos (see Narcissus ) + -ism .

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July 29, 2010


Reminds me of my days of studying on that subject(Psychology) during my Post Graduation. Every bit of it is linked with our lives one way or other. Very interesting.

July 29, 2010


Very interesting! Thanks for sharing, Elena!

July 28, 2010


Interesting concepts

July 28, 2010


Very kind of you David!
Thank You!

July 28, 2010


I've now looked at your portfolio and 1100 images uploaded over 6 years with 19000 sales is truly incredible to me. Congratulations........ the quality of your images is a lesson in itself. David.

July 28, 2010


PD is personality disorder perhaps ? I am afraid its all over my head [ no pun intended ] David.

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