Through the intermediary of the family, social patterns reproduce themselves in personality. Social arrangements live on in the individual, buried in the mind below the level of consciousness, even after they have become objectively undesirable and unneces­sary—as many of our present arrangements are now widely ac­knowledged to have become. The perception of the world as a dangerous and forbidding place, though it originates in a realistic awareness of the insecurity of contemporary social life, receives reinforcement from the narcissistic projection of aggressive im­pulses outward. The belief that society has no future, while it rests on a certain realism about the dangers ahead, also incorpo­rates a narcissistic inability to identify with posterity or to feel one­self part of a historical stream.