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Narcissistic Disorders in Children and Adolescents : Diagnosis and Treatment - Phyllis Beren

Narcissistic Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Diagnosis and Treatment

By: Phyllis Beren (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th January 1998
ISBN: 9780765701244
Number Of Pages: 312

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The therepeutic task, with these patients, necessitates a special form of attunement and a particular treatment stance that take into account the often hidden sensitivities and painful feelings that lie beneath the surface for both child and parent. An understanding of these narcissistic vulnerabilities better informs the treatment and helps to modulate the countertransference feelings that alomst always arise.

A conceptual emphasis is matched by a clinical one in an altogether readable and valuable collection that brings together a wide range of quality papers on the broad theme of narcissistic pathology and its treatment in children and adolescents. -- Fred Pine, Ph.D. Outstanding in its range, this book contributes to our understanding of children who often work strenuously to defeat those who attempt to alleviate their suffering. It is an important addition to the current literature on narcissism because it extends contemporary theoretical and developmental perspectives into the world of working with children and apprehending their inner lives as well as the contexts in which they live. -- Anni Bergman Ph.D. Such detailed, thorough, and reflective accounts of psychoanalytic child treatment are hard to come by and will be prized by all teachers in the field. As a contribution to the current discourse on how narcissistic disorders are shaped by trauma, they will be relevatory even for those who work only with adults. The individual authors concur impressively in understanding children's cruel play and provocative attitudes in terms of the disruptions and distortions of early attachments and the regulation of mutuality, not just the regulation of attention or conduct. The therapists' struggles to stay honestly engaged in the face of these patients' subtle but long-enduring contempt will speak to everyone who works with children who have been hurt into not asking for help. -- Elsa First, M.A.

On Disorders of Narcissismp. 3
Developmental Aspects in the Assessment of Narcissistic and So-Called Borderline Personalitiesp. 15
Intermittent Decathexis - A Type of Parental Dysfunctionp. 29
The Phallic-Narcissistic Phasep. 49
Narcissism and Oedipal Developmentp. 67
Adolescent Narcissismp. 85
Self Pathology in Childrenp. 113
Attention Deficit Disorder and Its Relationship to Narcissistic Pathologyp. 127
Narcissistic Disorders in Childrenp. 151
Narcissistic Pathology and Play in Psychotherapeutic Work with a Seven-Year-Old Boyp. 169
The Role of Auditory Defenses in the Treatment of a Narcissistic Boyp. 187
Narcissistic Children's Use of Actionp. 213
The Evocative Power of Enactmentsp. 225
The Anal World of a Six-Year-Old Boyp. 245
Narcissistic Injury and Sadomasochistic Compensation in a Latency-Age Boyp. 263
Creditsp. 281
Indexp. 283
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ISBN: 9780765701244
ISBN-10: 0765701243
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 28th January 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 16.03  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.58