The Narcissism of Small Differences
– Columbia University GSAPP Summer 2009, Thomas Leeser, Critic
From Wikipedia: The Narcissism of small differences is a term coined by Sigmund Freud in 1917, based on the earlier work of British anthropologist Ernest Crawley. The term describes the manner in which our negative feelings are sometimes directed at people who resemble us, while we take pride from the "small differences" that distinguish us from them.
Glen O. Gabbard, M.D. suggested Freud's "Narcissism of Small Difference" provides a framework within which to understand that in a loving relationship there can be a need to find, and even exaggerate, differences in order to preserve a feeling of separateness and self.
This project explores the concept of a Narcissism of Small Differences within the context of common form-generating software techniques.