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[Chia-I Hou, Jiun-Hao Wang, Kun-Sun Shiao
(2023), Narcissism in Postmodern Society, International Journal of Innovative Research in Engineering & Management (IJIREM), Vol-10, Issue-1, Page No-109-113], (ISSN 2347 - 5552). www.ijirem.org
National Taiwan University, Department of Bio-Industry Communication and Development, Taipei, Taiwan