Mental Health {4} ~ Echoism

Echoism, considered to be the opposite of narcissism, involves people losing their sense of self as they constantly try to “prop up” those with more inflated egos in their life. Psychologists claim there’s a growing number of cases of echoism, and there’s even a dedicated nationwide support group. Co-founded last year by counsellor Arlo McCloskey, The Echo Society UK, now has a team of 10 therapists offering counselling, workshops and “narcisistic abuse recovery programmes”.

While narcissism is defined by extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one’s own talents and a craving for admiration, echoism is the flip-side, the person who is afraid of feeling special and focuses on others at the expense of their own needs, says Dr Jane McCartney, chartered psychologist, who has also seen a rise in cases.

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