Lives of the Unconscious

Lives of the Unconscious

Podcast on Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Episode 27: The Tragedy of Narcissism

Lives of the Unconscious

The diagnosis of “narcissism” appears to have come into vogue, not only in the field of clinical psychology. It is an inescapable diagnosis for just about any critique of contemporary society. But what exactly are we talking about when we talk of narcissism? How do such diagnoses of our times relate to the clinical and psychoanalytical understanding of narcissism?

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Literature Recommendations:

  • Freud, S. (1914/1999): On Narcissism. The Standard Edition of the Com-plete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud 14, 67-102.
  • Gabbard, G.O., Crisp-Han, H. (2018). Narcissism and Its Discontents: Diagnostic Dilemmas and Treatment Strategies With Narcissistic Pa-tients. American Psychiatric Association Publishing.
  • Kernberg, O. F. (1985). Borderline conditions and pathological narcissism. Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Kohut, H. (1971). The Analysis of the Self: A Systematic Approach to the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorders. Interna-tional Universities Press, New York.

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