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The Internet is an extension of the real-life Narcissistic Pathological Space but without its risks, injuries, and disappointments.

It allows the narcissist to enact and act out his grandiose fantasies of omnipotence and omnipotence, brilliance and perfection, self-righteousness and superiority with impunity.

To the narcissist, the Internet is an alluring and irresistible combination of playground and hunting grounds, the gathering place of numerous potential Sources of Narcissistic Supply, a world where false identities are the norm and mind games the bon ton.And it is beyond the reach of the law, the pale of social norms, the strictures of civilized conduct.Indeed, many of the innovators who gave us the Internet and social networks can easily be described as narcissistic.Technology did not invent or even foster narcissism rather, it was driven by it: an increasingly narcissistic populace demanded empowerment, self-expression, self-gratification, and self-aggrandisement via gadgets and software applications that catered to its pathology.The somatic finds cyber-sex and cyber-relationships aplenty.

The cerebral claims false accomplishments, fake skills, erudition and talents.Both, if minimally communicative, end up at the instantly gratifying epicenter of a cult of fans, followers, stalkers, erotomaniacs, denigrators, and plain nuts.The constant attention and attendant quasi-celebrity feed and sustain their grandiose fantasies and inflated self-image.He (or she) can thus fend off criticism, abuse, disagreement, and disapproval effectively and in real time and, simultaneously, preserve the precarious balance of his infantile personality.Narcissists are, therefore, prone to Internet addiction.The positive characteristics of the Net are largely lost on the narcissist.