Disorders of Narcissism: Diagnostic, Clinical, and Empirical Implications / Edition 1

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Combining clinical diagnostic observations, advances in treatment, and empirical evidence, Disorders of Narcissism provides a comprehensive overview of psychotherapy with narcissistic disorders. The book probes such important subjects as transference and countertransference, the self-psychological perspective, an object-relations approach, and the treatment of narcissistic disorders in group and couples therapy.

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Editorial Reviews

Salman Akhtar
This book presents a highly informative, lucid, and clinically useful account of pathological self-absorption and its deleterious effects upon capacities for concern, love, work, and morality. Not only does it address individual psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, it also elucidates the treatment of narcissistic patients in intensive psychiatric milieu, group therapy, schema-focused therapy, and even couples therapy.
Robert Michels
This single volume assembles the current thinking of the leading figures in the field. The combination of breadth and thorough discussions that are both scholarly and clinically relevant is unusual and refreshing. Reading this book is like being a privileged guest at a meeting of the people whose work is synonymous with the study of narcissism today. It is a must for anyone who treats, studies, or is interested in narcissistic pathology.
Paperbound reprint of a 1998 work published by the American Psychiatric Press. Ronningstam (psychology, Harvard Medical School, as well as McLean Hospital and other institutions) offers important contributions to the understanding of pathological narcissism and its treatment to date. Combining clinical diagnostic observations, advances in treatment, and empirical evidence, 18 contributions provide an overview of psychotherapy as applied to this disorder. They probe subjects such as transference and counter-transference, the self-psychological perspective, an object-relations approach, and the treatment of narcissistic disorders in group and couples therapy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765702593
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST PBK
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,561,692
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Elsa F. Ronningstam, Ph.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, The Psychosocial Research Center at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, and a Candidate at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. She is also Associate Clinical Psychologist at McLean Hospital and at Two Brattle Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2001

    A Must!

    Pathological narcissism has been the topic of heated discussion for a hundred years now. Freud, Kohut, Klein, Winnicott, Kernberg - have all contributed their point of view. Roningstam belongs in this august company as a major theoretician and practitioner. This book - an anthology of writings about this intractable and maddening phenomena - is both whole and partial. It is whole is that it provides a magnificent overview and an efficient launching pad to the understanding of narcissism. It is partial in that it presents only the views of the psychodynamic cum object relations school of psychology and largely ignores advances in other fields. But it is a great read and provides hope that treatment may finally be getting there and breaching the narcissistic barrier. Sam Vaknin, author of 'Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited'.

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