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Readers recommend: songs about narcissism

Selfishness, self-interest or self-absorption, let's reflect on and name songs on inward-looking attitudes and the me, me, me

"You're so full of yourself!" said the Russian doll to the mirror, as more Russian dolls appeared, reflecting on how the thing we're most interested in is perhaps ourselves. That may be the case, but self-absorbed behaviour can be variously fascinating, amusing or aggravating. It can come in many forms, from the autism of the narrator in Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, to the self-absorbed worries of Woody Allen in his films or many stand-up comedians. Selfishness and narcissism however can also have negative connotations to the point of extremity and personality breakdown. It's a serious matter, but let us not get too bogged down in this. Instead perhaps we might briefly marvel at Andy Serkis's rendition of such neuroses as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings.

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