For millennia people have been trying to make sense of humanity’s plight, often distilling their thoughts into stories. Virtually every major religion has a story about the origins of human struggle, whether it be the Jewish, Islamic, or Christian traditions. Likewise Hinduism, Buddhism, and many indigenous peoples have their stories. Since the characters, Adam and Eve, are so well known in Western culture, Dr. C has chosen to give an overview of 5 aspects of the Eden story that address the topic of the human condition, and especially narcissism. Then he cites teachings from social psychologist Erich Fromm, who likewise had much to say about this seminal piece of literature. As you ponder such a story, it can prompt you to examine your own narrative, especially as it relates to narcissism…or its opposite.

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