“desire for authenticity is a failure to mourn, an inability to grow up and out of such vague and insubstantial longings” – Adam-Phillips, On-Balance

“the subject today deals with the absence of the big Other ..by narcissistic self-admiration.” – The lack of identification with an Ego Ideal (a symbolic role or authority ideal) results in the subject’s identification with an imaginary role (i.e. Ideal Ego) in which the subject finds him-or herself likeable. ..This narcissistic search for the perfect image results .in the subject’s obsession with changing his or her body with the help of excessive dieting,

The Cut In The Body – R.Salecl