The nymph Eco falls in love with a vain youth named Narciso, son of the nymph Liríope of Tespia. She concerned about the welfare of his son, Liriope decided consulted the seer Tiresias about the future of his son. Tiresias told that Narciso would live to a ripe old age while he never would see himself.
One day when Narciso was hunting deer, the nymph Eco stealthily followed the handsome youth through the woods, longing to embrace him but unable to speak first, as the goddess Hera cursed her just to repeat what others said .
When Narciso heard her footsteps behind him, asked: "Who's there?", To what Eco said, "Who's there?". They continued talking and she tried to hug his beloved.
However, Narciso rejected and he told her to leave him peace, and he left. Eco spent the rest of her life in solitude, she consumed by love will never know, until only remained her voice.
One day Narciso felt thirsty and he went to drink in a stream. When he saw him, he was fascinated by the beauty of his own reflection, he did not daring to drink for fear of damage him and he was unable to stop saw him. Finally he died contemplating his reflection and the flower that bears his name grew in the place of his death.
From this myth we can deduce the meaning of narcissism: excessive and exaggerated admiration felt by a person himself, by his appearance or his skills or qualities.
VANESSA LÓPEZ MARTÍNEZ.