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We can delve deeper into the mirror scene analyzed above by using the Freudian notion of secondary narcissism as introduced at the beginning of this article.
Against Freud, however, Fromm wishes to pay greater recognition to the social bases of secondary narcissism, as well as to extend its application beyond problems of the mentally ill.
The narcissism in question is, of course, the so-called primary narcissism (as opposed to secondary narcissism, which is a character trait), whose function Freud traces back to our most basic instinct for self-preservation.

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