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Is Echoism Hurting Your Relationship?
Echoism, a term rooted in Greek mythology, can be aptly described as the opposite of narcissism. However, its impact on relationships can be equally detrimental in its own way.
“People who exhibit echoism have difficulty asserting themselves and are prone to people-pleasing,” licensed psychologist Dr. Nathan Brandon told PsychCentral.
An echoist can seem overly easygoing and might never complain or make it about them. This can lead to being taken advantage of, codependency, conflict avoidance, and loneliness.
It’s a recipe for a toxic relationship where one partner has the upper hand and the other, the echoist, becomes more and more invisible until they’re emotionally ripped apart.
If you're suffering from echoism, ask yourself what makes you whole and what you bring to the table. Practice acknowledging your self-worth to shed your echoist ways.
You can also try adopting narcissism in small doses by asserting your needs, voicing your opinions, and setting boundaries in order to maintain healthy relationships.