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Pulver, S. (1983). Working Through Narcissism. Treating its Sadomasochistic Structure: By Maria Carmen Gear, M.D., Melvyn A. Hill, M.D., and Ernesto Cesar Liendo, M.D. New York/London: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1981. 422 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 52:479-481.

(1983). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 52:479-481

Working Through Narcissism. Treating its Sadomasochistic Structure: By Maria Carmen Gear, M.D., Melvyn A. Hill, M.D., and Ernesto Cesar Liendo, M.D. New York/London: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1981. 422 pp.

Review by:
Sydney Pulver

This book expounds the thesis that all mentally sick persons can be categorized either as "patients," those who suffer the anxiety of mental illness, or as "agents," those who reinforce such anxiety or transmit it to others. Taking power considerations as a main focus, the authors classify all analysands as fitting into four sadomasochistic groups: the sadistic agent ("sadist"), the sadistic patient ("borderlined"), the masochistic agent ("borderliner"), and the masochistic patient ("masochist"). In their introduction, the authors promise a discussion of some potentially fascinating material.

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