The Sin of Narcissism: Meeting One’s Own Worst Enemy

Updated: Mar 22

Reaching Within: What traditional art offers the heart

A detail from “Narcissus” 1598–1599, by Caravaggio. Oil on Canvas; 43.3 inches by 36.2 inches. National Gallery of Ancient Art, Rome. (Public Domain)

I am guilty of being narcissistic. I’m an artist, and I want people to see my work. I not only want people to see my work, I want them to like it. I post pictures of my work on social media and hope people will give me the coveted “like.” If I’m being honest, the more likes I get on a post, the more satisfied I am with myself. But what do these likes and my desire for them really mean?

Narcissus Discovered Himself

The tale of Narcissus might prove insightful in unpacking my desire to be liked. According to Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” Narcissus was born of a river god and a nymph. His beauty inspired love in everyone who met him. Upon Narcissu