Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Narcissistic Personality

Diana Diamond, Frank Yeomans, Kenneth N. Levy

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Subtitle of host publicationTheoretical Approaches, Empirical Findings, and Treatments
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780470607220
StatePublished - Mar 12 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


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