We have presented an overview of a range of psychoanalytic object relations understandings of narcissistic pathology, with an emphasis on a form of psychodynamic psychotherapy, Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP), designed to treat personality disorders including NPD. We have described the defensive establishment of the compensatory grandiose self that is central to pathological narcissism and have identified distinctions in levels of narcissism that influence how to approach treatment and prognosis, We have also reviewed therapeutic modifi-cations of TFP that help clinicians effectively treat patients with narcissistic pathology and have provided illustrative case material.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||The Handbook of Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder|
|Subtitle of host publication||Theoretical Approaches, Empirical Findings, and Treatments|
|Publisher||John Wiley and Sons|
|Number of pages||13|
|State||Published - Mar 12 2012|
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