It takes courage to be “I”. Poet e.e. cummings wrote “may I be I is the only prayer–not may I be great or good or beautiful or wise or strong“. Poet Laura Riding wrote–“To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting…” These are important constructs for our time. Where does this focus on “I” shift to being called a narcissist?
In our communities, the news, and workplaces we hear about “narcissists”. Amanda Chan wrote an intriguing piece on 18 Ways to Spot a Narcissist. Yet, can you spot someone who has the courage to be I? How would you describe the outcomes of narcissist and someone being true to self, or “I be I.”