The Narcissism of Love Letters

[A] subject who writes love-letters actually does not address the beloved but writes letters to none other than himself. No matter how much a lover tries to capture in the letter the essence of his beloved, he is primarily addressing himself, i.e. he is dealing with his own desires, fantasies, narcissism—all that constitutes his in-love feeling. At the same time, the writer of the love-letter is also in a particular way dealing with anxiety…

On Anxiety,
Renata Salecl

3 thoughts on “The Narcissism of Love Letters

  1. boywitty thinks its still a bit of both. we still write letters because we want them to spill a bit of ourselves to others without us directly telling others about it. =)

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