Humanizing the Narcissistic Style

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The narcissistic style is rooted in the individual’s family and early childhood and is an endemic result of our culture’s material perfectionism.
It sacrifices fulfillment to driven achievement, self-worth to praise from others, and the joy of human connectedness to superficial, manipulative relationships.
Johnson’s carefully conceived integrative psychoanalytic developmental theory will enable therapists to make sense of the array of symptoms ...

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Overview

The narcissistic style is rooted in the individual’s family and early childhood and is an endemic result of our culture’s material perfectionism.
It sacrifices fulfillment to driven achievement, self-worth to praise from others, and the joy of human connectedness to superficial, manipulative relationships.
Johnson’s carefully conceived integrative psychoanalytic developmental theory will enable therapists to make sense of the array of symptoms seen in character disorders and character styles so that an eclectic treatment approach may be pursued with the guidance of a unified theory. This is the second book in a series that began with Characterological Transformation.

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Bernard Rosenblum
“Humanizing the Narcissistic Style is must reading for psychotherapists of all schools of thought.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393700374
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1987
  • Series: Professional Books Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen M. Johnson, Ph.D., is a professor and chair of the faculty at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Menlo Park, California. He divides his time between clinical teaching and the private practice of psychotherapy in Menlo Park and San Francisco.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2001

    The Narcissistic Beacon

    Pathological narcissism is a pattern of traits and behaviours which signify infatuation and obsession with one's (False) Self to the exclusion of all others and the egotistic and ruthless pursuit of one's gratification, dominance and ambition. The concepts of False Self and Narcissistic Supply are critical for the understanding of narcissistic behaviour patterns. So is the ruthlessness and single-mindedness of the narcissist, addicted to his narcissistic supply, devoid of empathy, deficient in object relations, his immature True Self atrophied and dilapidated. This book is about narcissistic interactions with others, in the context of our (narcissistic) culture. The efficaciousness of the treatment offered is doubtful, the language is sometimes obstruse, the book is tiresomely repetitive. But it is a must on the bookshelf of clinicians, therapists, patients, and their nearest and dearest. Sam Vaknin, author of 'Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited'.

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