Narcissism: Denial of the True Self [NOOK Book]

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NARCISSISM
Are you a narcissist? Do you interact with someone who is? Contrary to popular belief, narcissists do not love themselves or anyone else. They cannot accept their true selves, constructing instead fixed masks that hide emotional numbness. Influenced by forces in...
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Narcissism: Denial of the True Self

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Overview

NARCISSISM
Are you a narcissist? Do you interact with someone who is? Contrary to popular belief, narcissists do not love themselves or anyone else. They cannot accept their true selves, constructing instead fixed masks that hide emotional numbness. Influenced by forces in culture and predisposed by factors in the human personality, narcissists tend to be

• More concerned with how they appear than what they feel

• Seductive and manipulative, striving for power and control

• Egotists, focused on their own interests but lacking the true values of the self -- self-expression, self-possession, dignity, and integrity

• Without a solid sense of self, which leads them to experience life as empty and meaningless

In this groundbreaking study, Dr. Alexander Lowen uses his extensive clinical experience to demonstrate how narcissists can recover their suppressed feelings and regain their lost humanity. By the use of Bioenergetic Analysis, the psychotherapy created by Dr. Lowen, a new possibility of a fulfilling and authentic life is presented for people with narcissistic characteristics and for those who interact with them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439144688
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 253,837
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Alexander Lowen, M.D., is a world-renowned psychiatrist and leading practitioner of Bioenergetic Analysis -- the revolutionary therapy that uses the language of the body to heal the problems of the mind. A former student of Wilhelm Reich, he developed Bioenergetic Analysis and founded the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis. Dr. Lowen is the author of many publications, including Love and Orgasm, The Betrayal of the Body, Fear of Life, Joy, and The Way to Vibrant Health. Now in his tenth decade, Dr. Lowen currently practices psychiatry in New Canaan, Connecticut.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction ix
1 A Spectrum of Narcissism 1
2 The Role of the Image 25
3 The Denial of Feeling 47
4 Power and Control 75
5 Seduction and Manipulation 101
6 Horror: The Face of Unreality 128
7 The Fear of Insanity 155
8 Too Much, Too Soon 171
9 The Insanity of Our Time 196
Notes 229
Index 232
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2006

    More helpful than other books on Narcissistic Personality Disorder

    There are many books that describe the 'horrible' symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, but very few that tell you what to do to get better. This book was the only one that had an example of someone (the author) getting better. NPD is more complicated than Boarderline Personality Disorder, because Narcissists have so many defenses against feeling emotions--However, Lowen addresses with incredible insight, humiliation & the grandiose self, and anger vs. insanity--this has been invaluable. He even goes on to explain why some narcissists like disco lights, sounds--so they can 'feel' -- While he is concise, I only wish he could write a two or three sequels on what to say, what to do if you know of someone turning into a hardened narcissist. What do you say to a Narcissist who still has some emotion left, etc. Can only a psychotherapist help a Narcissist. What can family and friends do to help if you don't live near someone who does bioenergetic therapy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2004

    awesome book!!!!!!!

    This book really brings out the true narcissism in yourself and others... It really teaches you how to put up with narcissism... I know everyone has a narcisstic person that they have to deal with...That is why I love this book!! It is AWESOME!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2004

    Interesting Tactics

    Throughout most of the book the author uses examples of different patients he has treated during his psychiatric practices. Some I found to be very peculiar and almost unbelievable. His practice of Bioenergtic Analysis is something aside from the norm of the common psychiatric specialists attended presently. The book did interest me, but left me feeling hopeless in the attempt of escaping the title of a 'Narcissist.' Overall, a good book if you are suffering from supressed feelings which need to be surfaced.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    i'm thankful that barnes and noble gave a preview to this book b

    i'm thankful that barnes and noble gave a preview to this book because after reading some of it, i wouldn't ever buy it.  author has ridiculous ideas about sexuality based on debunked freudian belief system.  I don't recommend this book.  Want a great book on narcissism?  You should read Malignant self love, Narcissism revisited.  written by a self proclaimed narcissist and expert on this subject.  Sam also has some youtube videos available to view.

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  • Posted October 22, 2009

    Haven't read it yet! Looking forward to learning from the info!!

    There are a lot of Narcissism books but this one seemed to be the most comprehensive with research and real info not stories about other peoples lives...

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