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Kinston, W. (1980). A Theoretical and Technical Approach to Narcissistic Disturbance. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 61:383-394.

(1980). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 61:383-394

A Theoretical and Technical Approach to Narcissistic Disturbance

Warren Kinston


This paper makes a limited contribution to the theoretical problem of narcissism and offers a possibly useful technical approach. Terminology is clarified and two concepts are introduced: self-narcissism and object-narcissism. Detailed clinical material illustrates the presence of an unwished-for self-image acting as a resistance. Interpretation leading to integration of the self-image into the self-representation results in an increase in authenticity on which conventional interpretative activity depends. Objections and alternative views of the material are briefly discussed.

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