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Identity, Narcissism, and the Other : Object Relations and Their Obstacles - (Paperback)

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Practitioners of psychoanalysis find three central themes to be recurrent and ubiquitous in every analysis: issues around identity, the struggle to know the self, to understand the self and to be the self in an authentic way. Intricately entangled with self-identity is the problem of narcissism, essentially viewed as a defensive retreat to a mental state characterized by an unconscious belief in the special value of the self and the diminution of the other. The motive for seeking psychoanalytic treatment is often to improve the quality of relationships with the other, which is clearly jeopardized by narcissistic states; the person undergoing psychoanalysis might hope to re-discover a resilient self and a sense of personal identity, and to overcome narcissism sufficiently to be able to form relationships.

However, there are a multitude of inherent anxieties involved in close and intimate relationships. As Freud pointed out, even in our most intimate relationships there is an element of hostility. Threats to both the self and other, and various anxieties around libidinal contact, will be examined in this book using case material, and the relationship between these three important themes, identity, narcissism and the other, separate but interconnected, will be explored. It will be proposed that the key to relating to the other is empathy: entering into the mind of the other to experience what it is to be them; to move around their internal world, feeling, observing, thinking, connecting, identifying with the other’s objects and experiencing with empathic understanding the otherness of the person.
Number of Pages: 195
Genre: Psychology
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Jean Arundale
Language: English
Street Date: September 5, 2017
TCIN: 52796947
UPC: 9781782203971
Item Number (DPCI): 248-50-9462
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