What exactly is narcissism? It’s a term that’s emerged into popular use with about the same volition and impact as reality TV shoulder-charging social media. Prior to that, it was a word rarely referred to outside the context of literature, or a drunken uni party.
So usually the same place.
Nobody was narcissistic; they just loved themselves.
Decades later in 0.78 of a second, narcissism reveals 108,000,000 results.
How very narcissistic.
Narcissism comes in two types, according to G-rEs. (Google research. You can use that. I don’t carry an inflated idea of my own self-importance.) Grandiose, and Vulnerable. You’d think a true narcissist would insist on the same coding system as diabetes: Grandiose 1 and Grandiose 2.
In a nutshell, narcissism is both a trait and a spectrum because it manipulates one thing to make another. From either perspective, it’s self-involvement and self-interest to the complete detriment and disregard of others. A notable lack of empathy and sensitivity toward people and situations is another calling card, and often the result of deep feelings of inadequacy.
So can there be many narcissists? Is everyone a narcissist? Ask anyone within a 5km radius of a bride.
Or a grand final player.
We’ve all behaved like we’re the only person who matters on the entire planet a number of times in our lives. Maybe a narcissist behaves like that a number of times every day.
Cosmetic dentistry is all about confidence and self-esteem; it’s an inductive leap that the need for this kind of aesthetic admiration is a mark of narcissism.
Few people would prefer a chipped, missing or discoloured tooth to bonding, dentures or veneers.
Seventy percent of us admit to feeling self-conscious about our teeth. One in four experiences negative comments about their teeth, delivered by a significant other or coworker.
Now there’s some self-esteem boostin’ right thar!
Cosmetic is an ambiguous word to use with dentistry. It infers that it’s really not necessary; like it’s some kind of make-up for your mouth. Like a cosmetic surgery resizing because the bikini styles are better and an eye lift because you’re too tired to be surprised anymore.
There are thirteen areas of dentistry. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons dedicate 10 years study. Cosmetic dentistry is a four-year degree, followed by four years in dental school.
Learning nine procedures in order to restore damaged teeth or replacing missing ones takes time. They know their stuff. Bonding, composite fillings, crowns, bridges, implants – techniques that repair teeth, and mend the way we feel about ourselves.
Apart from affecting self-confidence, damaged teeth greatly impact oral health, particularly if left untreated. A broken or cracked tooth can lead to an infected pulp developing in the space of the tooth. A chipped tooth has lost significant structure and can crack enamel over time. Crooked teeth can lead to ineffective cleaning, gingivitis and gum disease. An affected bite can change the foods we can comfortably eat, and therefore our digestion.
You don’t have to love yourself to not want any of that.
Cosmetic Dentistry Promotes Narcissism Yet Boosts Confidence & Self-Esteem
If cosmetic dentistry is a symptom of selfish or superior behaviour, it’s only because of the misinterpretation of selfish and superior.
Doing something exclusively for your own oral health is not selfish. Not doing anything about your own oral health is. Risking diabetes, Alzheimer’s and periodontal diseases is being completely self-absorbed – to the exclusion of all others who will have to put up with you while you want to eat cake and have no idea where you left your teeth.
If being superior is having a million dollar smile and the confidence to enjoy life then who’s not for that..?
In Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection and stared at himself until he died.
Must have been the beautiful bridge work.
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