The Narcissistic Family: Diagnosis and Treatment

Overview

In this compelling audiobook, the authors present an innovative therapeutic model for understanding and treating adults from emotionally abusive or neglectful families—families the authors call narcissistic. Narcissistic families have a parental system that is, for whatever reason (job stress, alcoholism, drug abuse, mental illness, physical disability, lack of parenting skills, self-centered immaturity), primarily involved in getting its own needs met. The children in such narcissistic family systems try to earn...

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Overview

In this compelling audiobook, the authors present an innovative therapeutic model for understanding and treating adults from emotionally abusive or neglectful families—families the authors call narcissistic. Narcissistic families have a parental system that is, for whatever reason (job stress, alcoholism, drug abuse, mental illness, physical disability, lack of parenting skills, self-centered immaturity), primarily involved in getting its own needs met. The children in such narcissistic family systems try to earn love, attention, and approval by satisfying their parents' needs, thus never developing the ability to recognize their own needs or create strategies for getting them met. By outlining the theoretical framework of their model and using dozens of illustrative clinical examples, the authors clearly illuminate specific practice guidelines for treating these individuals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480590199
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 3/25/2014
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 924,555
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman is a therapist, consultant, and trainer. She is known for her work with dysfunctional families, particularly with survivors of incest.

Robert M. Pressman is the editor-in-chief and president of the Joint Commission for the Development of the Treatment and Statistical Manual for Behavioral and Mental Disorders.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Narcissistic Family Model
1 Narcissus and Echo: The Original Narcissistic System 11
2 Characteristics of the Narcissistic Family 19
3 Narcissus, Narcissism, and the Narcissistic Family Model 41
Pt. II Therapy with Adults Raised in Narcissistic Families
4 Acceptance: The Key to Recovery 49
5 Feelings and Communication 68
6 Setting Boundaries 82
7 Decision Making and Deferment of Gratification 93
8 Trust and Therapy 108
9 Intimacy, Sex, and Friendship 122
10 "I Do, Therefore I Am" Versus Validating the Treasure 132
App. A An Overview of Narcissism in Psychoanalytic Theory 139
App. B Therapy with the Blakes 149
References 161
Bibliography 169
Index 173
About the Author 181
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