August 13, 2014

Snowdrop and the Narcissist by Katrina Cooper

Illustration by Nancy Ekholm Burket
Snowdrop and the Narcissist

"Narcissism is a personality disorder recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA, 2000). Narcissism is marked by grandiose thoughts of oneself, self-absorption and a lack of empathy for others. Evidence of this personality disorder can be found in some fairy tale characters. In particular, the evil queen step-mother in the fairy tale Snow Drop (also known as Snow White) could be classified as a narcissist.

"Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) usually is diagnosed in early adulthood, and persists through the individual’s life (APA, 2000). Drawing upon the material presented in the story of Snow Drop, we have no evidence of the onset of this disorder in the evil queen, as we do not meet her until she is already well into adulthood (Grimm & Grimm, 2011). However, given that the evil queen is an adult when she is first presented, the reader can assume that her character has been persistent..." 



  1. Anonymous9/17/2014

    You have a very interesting blog.If you are interested,then find in the internet the russian tale «Snegurochka»,about a girl from the snow;it is a very beautiful and sad fairy tale.

    1. I'll look for the fairy tale since it's unfamiliar to me. Thank you!