Narcissism is a psychological defense against awareness of self hatred. It's origin derives from the trauma of parental abandonment in the development stage. The infant/child has no choice but to develop a grandiose but false sense of self in compensation for his or failure to develop healthy internal structures. As an adult, the narcissist projects his or her self hatred onto others. Eventually, the narcissist destroys his or her own self by alienating those who have provided the external support for an empty personailty.