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Meissner, W.W. (1979). Narcissistic Personalities and Borderline Conditions: A Differential Diagnosis. Ann. Psychoanal., 7:171-202.

(1979). Annual of Psychoanalysis, 7:171-202

Narcissistic Personalities and Borderline Conditions: A Differential Diagnosis

W. W. Meissner, S.J., M.D.

Introduction

One of the basic sources of confusion and difficulty in attempts to understand the lower-order forms of character pathology has been the lack of clarity in discriminating between forms of borderline disorder and the so-called narcissistic personalities. The primary contenders for recognition in this area are the notion of borderline personality provided by Kernberg (1967, 1968, 1971, 1975, 1976) and Kohut's (1971, 1972) approach to the narcissistic personality disorders.

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