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Rothstein, A. (1979). Oedipal Conflicts in Narcissistic Personality Disorders. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 60:189-199.

(1979). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 60:189-199

Oedipal Conflicts in Narcissistic Personality Disorders

Arnold Rothstein


A premise of this paper is that a number of male patients we refer to as 'narcissistic characters' suffer intense guilt. This derives from the fact that their oedipal experiences come closer to actualizing what Freud (1916) characterized as 'the two great criminal intentions of killing the father and having sexual relations with the mother' (p. 333). Case material is presented to delineate these disturbances. Process material is examined to highlight problems of technique common to these patients.

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