Understanding and Treating Pathological Narcissism

Pages: 337
Item #: 4317297
ISBN: 978-1-4338-1234-7
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Copyright: 2013
Format: Hardcover
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Pathological narcissism has long been considered one of the most challenging conditions to treat in psychotherapy. Given the reluctance of many narcissistic patients to enter into therapy and the unique frustrations these patients can engender in those committed to helping them, even seasoned therapists may find themselves in need of expert guidance.

In this book, today's most prominent thinkers and clinical experts on pathological narcissism address the challenges facing therapists who work with narcissistic patients. They trace the history of our understanding of narcissism, from ancient myth, to Freud and subsequent psychodynamic approaches and also provide clinicians with a comprehensive guide to treatment that covers features of the disorder, diagnosis, and assessment, as well as special considerations in the vital areas of transference and countertransference.

Above all, they emphasize that narcissism is an eminently treatable disorder that can be approached using a variety of therapeutic models.

Table of Contents



John S. Ogrodniczuk

I. Introduction to Narcissism

  1. Historical Overview of Pathological Narcissism
    Brin F. S. Grenyer

II. Diagnosis and Assessment

  1. Defining Narcissistic Subtypes
    Eric Russ and Jonathan Shedler
  2. Narcissism in the DSM
    Kenneth N. Levy, Kevin B. Meehan, Nicole M. Cain, and William D. Ellison
  3. Narcissism in the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual
    Eve Caligor
  4. Prototypical Formulation of Pathological Narcissism
    Mardi Horowitz
  5. The Pathological Narcissism Inventory
    Aaron L. Pincus

III. Clinical Features of Pathological Narcissism

  1. Interpersonal Problems of Narcissistic Patients
    John S. Ogrodniczuk and David Kealy
  2. Affect Regulation and Mentalization in Narcissistic Personality Disorder
    Serge Lecours, Rachel Briand-Malenfant, and Emilie Descheneaux
  3. Conflicts and Defenses in Narcissistic Personality Disorder
    J. Christopher Perry and Michelle D. Presniak
  4. Pathological Narcissism and the Risk of Suicide
    Paul S. Links
  5. Sex and Race–Ethnic Differences in Psychiatric Comorbidity of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
    Attila J. Pulay and Bridget F. Grant

IV. Treatment Considerations and Approaches

  1. Countertransference Issues in the Treatment of Pathological Narcissism
    Glen O. Gabbard
  2. Maintaining Boundaries in the Treatment of Pathological Narcissism
    Andrew F. Luchner
  3. Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Narcissistic Personality
    Barry L. Stern, Frank Yeomans, Diana Diamond, and Otto F. Kernberg
  4. Kohut's Self-Psychology Approach to Treating Pathological Narcissism
    M. David Liberman
  5. Treating Pathological Narcissism With Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
    Manuel Trujillo
  6. Schema Therapy for Pathological Narcissism: The Art of Adaptive Reparenting
    Wendy T. Behary and Eva Dieckmann
  7. Cognitive Behavioral Perspectives on the Theory and Treatment of the Narcissistic Character
    Arthur Freeman and Suzy Fox


About the Editor

Editor Bio

John S. Ogrodniczuk, PhD, is an associate professor and director of the Psychotherapy Program in the Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia. In his role as director, he coordinates the operations of Canada's second largest medically based psychotherapy training program. In addition, he has developed a psychotherapy research program that is recognized as one of the more comprehensive and productive of its kind.

His research involves a variety of psychotherapies and patient populations, but he has a particular interest in studying psychodynamic psychotherapy, personality disorder, and men's mental health.

Dr. Ogrodniczuk has received regular funding to support his research and has more than 100 scientific publications. He has coauthored three previous books with APA.

He is a recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Achievement Award that is presented by the Society for Psychotherapy Research.

In addition to his research, he is involved with teaching medical students and psychiatry residents, serves as associate editor for the journal Psychotherapy Research, serves on the editorial board for three other journals (Group Dynamics, Journal of Personality Disorders, and Psychotherapy), provides regular reviews for more than a dozen scientific and clinical journals, and consults with mental health clinics about service provision and evaluation.