Here’s my comment with Dr Joe Burgo’s response, about his recent post on Â “Vindictive Narcissism”. Â He writes well about everyday experience from an interesting conceptual point of view.
Hey J, Such folks are best avoided — makes me think of Scientologists. I’ve read that the brain area which lights up for vengeance on fMRI is the center of greatest pleasure–the sexual/cocaine/addiction area. The writer speculated that in primitive man, killing someone who hurt you before they cld kill you was very important for survival, & therefore revenge was a Very persistent and pleasurable motivation. Hopefully, some of us have evolved beyond that point. b
Here is the new reply:
That’s very interesting, Bob. Revenge as a pleasurable motivation linked to survival. That must mean that the narcissist experiences humiliation or shame as a kind of existential threat that calls forth the vindictive revenge response as a survival mechanism.