Narcissism: Denial of the True Self

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 1, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 256 pages
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NARCISSISM Are you a narcissist? Do you interact with someone who is? Contrary to popular belief, narcissists do not love themselves or anyone else. They cannot accept their true selves, constructing instead fixed masks that hide emotional numbness. Influenced by forces in culture and predisposed by factors in the human personality, narcissists tend to be
More concerned with how they appear than what they feel
Seductive and manipulative, striving for power and control
Egotists, focused on their own interests but lacking the true values of the self -- self-expression, self-possession, dignity, and integrity
Without a solid sense of self, which leads them to experience life as empty and meaningless
In this groundbreaking study, Dr. Alexander Lowen uses his extensive clinical experience to demonstrate how narcissists can recover their suppressed feelings and regain their lost humanity. By the use of Bioenergetic Analysis, the psychotherapy created by Dr. Lowen, a new possibility of a fulfilling and authentic life is presented for people with narcissistic characteristics and for those who interact with them.

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User Review  - Flavia Sparacino - Goodreads

Fundamental book that will help readers understand today's society. This was my first read by Lowen, followed by many more Read full review

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User Review  - LInda Sheu - Goodreads

The book served as a good warning sign for me to not walk down that same path of becoming a narcissist. But how does one really judge oneself clearly? Read full review


A Spectrum of Narcissism
JL The Role of the Image
J The Denial of Feeling
The Face of Unreality
O Too Much Too Soon
The Insanity of Our Time

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Alexander Lowen, M.D., is a world-renowned psychiatrist and leading practitioner of Bioenergetic Analysis -- the revolutionary therapy that uses the language of the body to heal the problems of the mind. A former student of Wilhelm Reich, he developed Bioenergetic Analysis and founded the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis. Dr. Lowen is the author of many publications, including Love and Orgasm, The Betrayal of the Body, Fear of Life, Joy, and The Way to Vibrant Health. Now in his tenth decade, Dr. Lowen currently practices psychiatry in New Canaan, Connecticut.

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