Introduction | What is a personality disorder? | Narcissistic Personality Disorder
How to recognize a narcissist | Traits discussed | "Now We Are Six" | "It's a Good Life"
What's normal? | Further reading | Attachment | Narcissus in art | Aftermath | Beyond | Music
Sad Songs

More than once in the clinical literature on the treatment of the children of narcissists, there is passing reference to the importance of art and the escape to nature in the history of those who have survived relatively unscathed. The art that saved me was music, particularly the popular song, giving voice to thoughts and feelings that were otherwise unexpressed in my youthful environment. Many of the songs that helped me along are still under copyright and can't be used here without paying royalties, which I can't afford to do. Nonetheless, as luck would have it, my personal Big Three include a traditional song, a classical piece now out of copyright, and a song available from Sony Music's glam Dylan site.

"Pavane pour une Infante défunte"
(Pavan for a dead princess)
by Maurice Ravel

"(Stuck Inside of Mobile with the)
Memphis Blues Again"
by Bob Dylan


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"The Water Is Wide" (Traditional)
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Introduction | What is a personality disorder? | Narcissistic Personality Disorder
How to recognize a narcissist | Traits discussed | "Now We Are Six" | "It's a Good Life"
What's normal? | Further reading | Attachment | Narcissus in art | Aftermath | Beyond | Music
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©1998, 1999 by Joanna M. Ashmun.