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"Echo's Lament: Teaching, Mentoring, and the Danger of Narcissistic Pedagogy"

Hess, Carol Lakey
Teaching Theology and Religion 6, no. 3 (2003): 127-137
Topics: Vocation of Teaching   |   Mentoring Students

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In this essay, I explore "narcissistic pedagogy," a pedagogy that centers disproportionately on the needs of the teacher – especially the need for admiration. I engage psychological discussions of narcissistic patterns, and I retell the ancient myth of Narcissus. The core of narcissistic pedagogy is that the teacher experiences students not as centers of their own activity but as part of the teacher's self. All educational situations are vulnerable to narcissistic dynamics, and I will consider strongly narcissistic pedagogy as well as milder narcissistic dangers. I will, additionally, explore healthy narcissism. I pose "conversational education" as an alternative to narcissistic patterns.
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