The Destructive Narcissistic Pattern

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The destructive narcissistic pattern (DNP) is a term used to describe a constellation of characteristics generally associated with pathological narcissism, but which are fewer and less severe. Nonetheless, these characteristics negatively impact relationships. The destructive narcisist's typical interaction produces negative reactions in others. For example, the individual devalues others, lacks empathy, has a sense of entitlement, and is emotionally shallow. He may function very well and be successful ...

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Overview

The destructive narcissistic pattern (DNP) is a term used to describe a constellation of characteristics generally associated with pathological narcissism, but which are fewer and less severe. Nonetheless, these characteristics negatively impact relationships. The destructive narcisist's typical interaction produces negative reactions in others. For example, the individual devalues others, lacks empathy, has a sense of entitlement, and is emotionally shallow. He may function very well and be successful economically, but is unable to form and maintain stable relationships, as evidenced by numerous partners or marriages. The DNP, Brown asserts, is often unrecognized. Although others may find him frustrating and difficult, the individual with DNP can be charming when charm is perceived to be to his benefit.

In addition to identifying destructive narcissism, Brown provides strategies to help the reader moderate or eliminate the impact of these destructive narcissistic behaviors, feelings, and attitudes. Attention is given to understanding projection, projective identification, and identification as well as how those processes trigger reactions. This book will be an important tool for counselors, psychologists, clinical social workers, and other mental health professionals, and students in these fields.

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Brown, a specialist in counseling, focuses on adults who consistently exhibit numerous and intense characteristics usually associated with pathological narcissists, but have fewer of them than people actually so diagnosed. She emphasizes strategies to deal with such people, and provides forms now and then to help readers clarify the difference between expected and appropriate behaviors and to examine their own behaviors, attitudes, and feelings. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275960179
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

NINA W. BROWN is Professor of Counseling, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling, Old Dominion University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction and Overview of the Book 1
Ch. 2 The Destructive Narcissistic Pattern 15
Ch. 3 Object-Relations and Self-Psychology Theories 33
Ch. 4 Admiration and Attention Needs 49
Ch. 5 Extensions of Self: Boundaries 65
Ch. 6 Emotions, Emptiness and Entitlement 83
Ch. 7 Focus Only on Self 99
Ch. 8 Projection, Projective Identification and Identification 115
Ch. 9 Fear, Anger, Shame and Guilt 133
Ch. 10 Coping Strategies 153
References 179
Index 183
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2004

    Exceptional

    I found the book to be well written, clear, and concise. It's written in non-mental health terms and explanations were well thought out and understandable to me. I believe some of my immediate family members meet the criteria of NPD and my therapist mentioned Narcissism as a possibility. I needed help to understand it and this book was valuable. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2001

    Partial Narcissists

    Pathological narcissism is a spectrum - from narcissistic traits and narcissistic transient reactions to the full blown narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). Brown explores the grey area between NPD and narcissistic self-destructiveness and other-destruction. We can group these behaviors according to their underlying motivation. The Self-Punishing, Guilt-Purging Behaviours - these are intended to inflict punishment and to provide the punished party with a feeling of instant relief. The Extracting Behaviours - people with Personality Disorders (PDs) are very afraid of real, mature, intimacy. PDs interpret intimacy (not DEPENDENCE, but intimacy) as strangulation, the snuffing of freedom, death in installments. They are terrorized by it. The self-destructive and self-defeating acts are intended to dismantle the very foundation of a successful relationship, a career, a project, or a friendship. The Default Behaviours - self-defeating behaviors are intended to preserve the past, to restore it, to protect it from the winds of change, to inertially avoid opportunities. All these behaviour patterns are described here and linked psychodynamically to pathological narcissism. Sam Vaknin, author of 'Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited'.

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