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Differential Diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

These patients also tend to idealize and devalue others, but narcissistic patients lack the unstable identity, self-destructive behavior, and abandonment fears that characterize borderline patients. C. Antisocial Personality Disorder. Interpersonal exploitation, superficial charm, and lack of empathy can be seen in both antisocial personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder. However, antisocial patients do not require constant admiration nor do they display the envy seen in narcissistic patients. A history of criminal behavior is not typical of narcissism.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Clinical Features of Narcissistic Personality Disorder A. Patients with narcissistic personality disorder exaggerate their achievements and talents, and they are surprised when they do not receive the recognition they expect. C. Narcissistic patients only pursue relationships that will benefit them in some way. F. These patients are very prone to envy anyone who possesses knowledge, skill or belongings that they do not possess. Much of narcissistic behavior serves as a defense against very poor self esteem. III. Epidemiology of Narcissistic Personality Disorder C. Studies have shown a steady increase in the incidence of narcissistic

Preface to the Italian Edition

The dedication you may have noticed that, in recent years, medical books have appeared without a bibliography, index, or even whole chapters, and yet one element is always present a dedication. I gather it represents a crucial element and, thus, I must do my best to provide one. Upon perusing available dedications, I noticed that they nearly always involve family members or professional masters. To whom, then, should I dedicate this work To a great master of mine, Professor Agnoli, who passed away over a decade ago, I have already dedicated a previous work. As for my family, I am not sure that a dedication would be appropriate. They, too, were the recipients of a previous dedication and, to be honest, this kind of gift might not seem totally unselfish it is less an authentic dedication than an attempt to quench feelings of guilt for depriving one's family of quality time in order to achieve a higher goal. Yet at other times, when the goal is not that high, a dedication is an awkward...

Inadequate account of human emotions

My first thought on reading this was Thank God I am not loved by David Burns. What about mourning The new rush to positivize everything turns even death and mourning into a matter of gain. . . . David Burns' idealized mourner is a narcissist who is incapable of any deep feeling at all, or who has to distort emotion into a desirable channel before it can be felt.

Personality disorders

The personality disorders (American Psychiatric Association, 1994) are defined as an enduring pattern of inner experience and behaviour that is pervasive across a wide range of personal and social situations and deviate markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture. The personality disorders that are most frequently encountered in dermatology include Borderline, Narcissistic and Histrionic personality disorders which all fall in the 'Cluster B' (American Psychiatric Association, 1994) category in the DSM-IV and Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (which is categorised in 'Cluster C'). Borderline personality disorder is associated with a pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, affects and self-image, and impulsive behaviours. Such patients are often 'difficult' as their instability in interpersonal relationships and self-image are also manifested in their relationship with their dermatologists and other health care providers. Such patients often try to...

The Psychodynamics of Pharmacotherapy

Specific issues for the treating therapist might arise when medication is brought into treatment or a medication consultation is sought. A patient might feel rejected as too sick for just plain psychotherapy. He or she might feel that they are too much for the clinician to handle. The possibility of narcissistic injury exists as well. A patient might think he let his therapist down. He might think the therapist disapproves of him.

The Self Psychological Approach

Self-psychology is considered a descendent of Freudian psychoanalysis and was developed by, among others, Heinz Kohut. Richard Ulman and Doris Brothers (1988) present a treatment approach from the Kohutian self-psychology perspective. At the core of self-psychology is the notion that the structure of the self is created through relationships. Each of us possesses the psychic structure, the self-object, to refer to someone who is important in satisfying our basic, narcissistic-oriented needs. Self-objects are in the service of the self. The self is developed through the mirroring processes of the parents and primary caregivers. This sense of self develops and progresses from grandiosity and being the center of the world into a more healthy sense of self-esteem and ambition. Failures in mirroring result in an inadequate sense of self. In future relationships, the self-object is used to symbolize other people, and such people are expected to respond to you in a way that your...

Horneys disagreement with Freuds penis envy theory

When Freud disciple Karl Abraham in 1920 posited that women, because of penis envy, actually wanted to be men, he went on to state that he believed that this desire to be men led to lesbianism, women with masculine ambition, and feminists. Horney, who was from all reports not a lesbian, and did not consider herself a feminist (but may have possessed what Abraham called masculine ambition), was offended. Horney, who had already witnessed decades of male sexism, was put off by this theory not because of feminism but because of its illogical nature. Horney was feminist in her beliefs, but too much of an individual to join any organized feminist movement for any period of time. One of Horney's responses to Karl Abraham's idea was, that one half of the human race is discontented with the sex assigned to it. . .is decidedly unsatisfying, not only to feminine narcissism but to biological science.

Psychosexual development

Fixation at the phallic stage develops a phallic character who is reckless, resolute, self-assured, and narcissistic. The failure to resolve the conflict can also cause a person to be afraid of or incapable of close love. Freud also postulated that fixation could be a root cause of homosexuality.

Safety Security and Attachment Psychodynamic Approaches to PTSD

Edith Jacobson (1949) proposed that traumatic stressors represent an assault on our ego and result in a narcissistic disturbance inside the ego involving conflicts between self-representations (Ulman & Brothers, 1988, p. 52). Conflict arises between views of oneself as safe and secure versus being weak and unsafe. There are problems with the formulation and maintenance of a healthy self-image. Decompensation and regression develop as responses to the assault on a person's dignity and pride. There is an unacceptable and painful sense of self or Ulman and Brothers (1988) have developed a self-psychology model of trauma based to a large degree on the work of psychoanalyst Heinz Kohut. In essence, trauma shatters the self, with the self defined as the subject's experience of mental being and physical existence (Ulman & Brothers, 1988, p. 5). With trauma, there is a disturbance in self-functioning that contributes to the sense of trauma, there is damage to one's view of the self, and there...

Defense and Coping Strategies

The interpersonal patterns that Horney discussed are no longer known as neurotic styles but as personality disorders. Many of the behaviors that she described can be seen in descriptions of diagnostic categories that appear in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR (rev. 4th ed., 2000), such as dependent personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. Like Horney's original criteria, these categories describe inflexible and maladaptive patterns of behavior and thinking that are displayed in various environments and result in emotional distress or impaired functioning.

Tranche of Analysis

As a reaction to her spiteful outbursts her father also became intolerant and more authoritative, sometimes shutting her up in the dark cellar for a whole day. This black hole terrorized her, but also stood for an affront to her narcissism, for her frustration and violent separation from her parents, besides the anguished loneliness of the dark.

Who Carries Out Psychotherapy

An important question asked in that regard by Karasu is how much the definition of therapeutic goals in both psychodynamic and other psy-chotherapies depends upon the therapist's concept of man 35 . Is it adjustment, optimal adaptation to the social environment as if the meaning of human life were integration with and adjustment to others Or is it the maximal development of the patient's potential, as if the criteria of a healthy existence were only within the individual human being 36 With regard to their own values, therapists need to keep their ethical countertransference'' under constant observation 37 . In any case, psychotherapists should be particularly sensitive to boundary violations, whether these are of a sexual nature, or for narcissistic, financial, academic or professional gains. Senf also suggests that in order to satisfy the therapeutic task, psychotherapists must be instructed in more than one psychotherapeutic procedure. Training in only one psychotherapeutic...

The Mirror Stage

Lacan believed that his theory of the mirror stage answered two fundamental questions raised by Sigmund Freud's 1914 essay, On Narcissism What psychical action takes place to bring the ego into being If one is not a narcissist from the earliest stages of life, what causes narcissism to emerge According to Lacan, the mechanism of the mirror stage answers both of these questions.

Screening

The transplant psychiatrist evaluates for any psychiatric disorders that may interfere with the transplant. He or she should also screen for self-destructive behaviors, compliance with medical treatment and the transplant workup itself, and any personality traits or disorders that may prove to be maladaptive. Psychotic disorders may make the patient unacceptable for a transplant if he or she becomes paranoid and noncompliant. However, a diagnosis of schizophrenia alone should not be an absolute contraindication to transplantation if the patient has a history of compliance with medication and is stable both psychiatrically and socially. Recurrent depressive disorders with multiple suicide attempts or failure to take care of one's needs would also be considered a contraindication. Even severe conditions such as borderline personality disorder could interfere with the ability of a patient to comply with the transplant protocol. Rapid shifts in mood, inability to sustain a positive...

Psychotherapy

The highest ethical behavior of the therapist is to be expected 30 . Because, by definition, psychotherapy engages intimate thoughts, emotions and fantasies, it may evolve into an intense physician-patient relationship. This may result in a situation in which power is unequally shared between therapist and patient, so that the latter may become extremely vulnerable. Psychotherapists should not use such vulnerability to personal advantage or transgress the boundaries established by the professional relationship. This refers not merely to sexual misconduct and abuse of patients by their therapists, but even more to the psychological processes that propel the therapist into the manifold forms of emotional exploitation and narcissistic abuse 31 . Thus, the general rules that apply to any medical treatment also apply to specific forms of psychotherapy in regard to its indications and outcomes, positive or negative. The risks of psychotherapy are varied and not to be underestimated...

Modern Day Impact

An independent thinker, Horney is considered an individual who was always ahead of her time. Her work anticipated a revival of interest in the narcissistic personality. Her theories predicted popular trends in psychology, although she often is not credited for her ideas. One of these trends is the increasing emphasis on social and cultural factors as causes of emotional illness. Systems theory is another popular trend related to Horney's concepts. Systems theory, which includes a type of psychology called family therapy, emphasizes the continuous interaction among cultural conditions, interpersonal relations, and inner emotional experience.

Cluster B

The personality disorders of cluster B are borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, and histrionic personality disorder. The cluster B personality disorders are described as dramatic, erratic, and emotional. The behavior of people with such a disorder creates significant impairment in establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is the most prevalent personality disorder. It is diagnosed twice as often among women as men and is characterized by a long-standing and inflexible pattern of emotional instability and unstable personal relationships. Individuals with BPD have an intense fear of abandonment and tend to form intense and unstable relationships with others. They tend to fluctuate between having posi Freud coined the term narcissistic personality disorder in reference to the Greek myth of Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water, preventing...

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