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  1. There is just one point I do not fully understand in this part of your paper. Hustvedt says any artist needs adaptative grandiosity to feel strong enough to face rejections, but women artists and creators, in general, need a higher dose because of gender discrimination. Shortly after you conclude that Dickinson, despite some fellow’s critique of her work, “merely kept writing because it was who she was. She believed in herself.” My question is, isn’t that adaptative grandiosity as well? I found this definition: “Adaptive grandiosity is an ego-state that derives from primary narcissism and a partial resolution of the positive Oedipus complex, with the ego-ideal merged with the ego. …”


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