“a promise does not commit him internally, does not place an obligation on him. He regards promises, bonds and pacts as “rules of the game” which must be observed on the outside but which do not represent an existential commitment.” – In fact, the pathological narcissus “feels free”; he does not know an intrinsically valid law; he recognises only the external “rules of the game”. This also explains the well-known pressing feeling of “inner emptiness” and “loss of one’s own identity”; what he lacks are not images that would give him an imaginary identity but a “bond” that would place him in the inter-subjective symbolic network. SLAVOJ ZIZEK http://ift.tt/1LgszOQ

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