Narcissism puts a gleam in my eyes: in love mode the gleam is of joy, whereas
in vanity mode it is of excitement.
In the vanity mode of narcissism the quality of life is important, so I dramatise
everything ; life is a drama! I attune to heroism and romanticism. I act from
philanthropic motives and desire to help other people surmount their suffering
; I help others to help themselves. I do not impose my views on them. However,
I am sensitive to ridicule.
In the love mode I feel good, good in myself and glad for my life as a whole,
even for the bad and sorrowful aspects of it ; I am glad for life itself – life
is exhilarating. I become self-absorbed. I dance to my favourite music. I do
not pass judgements on anyone. I prefer co-operation rather than competition
; in fact, competitiveness switches off the love mode.