Identifying and Understanding the Narcissistic Personality

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Oxford University Press, Apr 14, 2005 - Psychology - 256 pages
Narcissists have been much maligned, but according to clinicians who study personality, there are many productive narcissists who succeed spectacularly well in life because they can articulate a vision and make others follow. Elsa Ronningstam, who has been studying and treating narcissists for 20 years, presents a balanced, comprehensive, and up-to-date review of our understanding of narcissistic personality disorder, explaining the range from personality trait, which can be productive, to full-blown disorder, which can be highly destructive. Through fascinating case histories, Ronningstam shows us the inner life of narcissists, the tug of war that exists within them between self-confidence and arrogance on the one hand and painful shame and insecurity on the other. It is the first integrated clinical and empirical guide to assist clinicians in their work with narcissistic patients.
 

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Contents

1 From Myth to Personality Disorder
3
2 A Normal Asset With Cultural Differences
31
3 The Origins and Scope of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
49
4 Identifying Pathological Narcissism
69
5 Differentiating Pathological Narcissism
113
6 Asset or Disruption? Narcissism in the Workplace
135
7 My Way or No Way Narcissism and Suicide
159
8 Correction or Corrosion? Changes in Pathological Narcissism
181
Epilogue
197
Appendix
201
References
205
Index
233
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