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Zeitner, R.M. (2016). Implications of the Intergenerational Linking Functions for the Parental Selfdyad in the Treatment of a Narcissistic Adolescent. Cpl. Fam. Psychoanal., 6(1):7-24.

(2016). Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 6(1):7-24

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Implications of the Intergenerational Linking Functions for the Parental Selfdyad in the Treatment of a Narcissistic Adolescent

Richard M. Zeitner, Ph.D., ABPP

In this paper the author presents a case of a narcissistic adolescent boy with crippling anxieties and multiple inhibitions, where the contributing intergenerational history of self-difficulties had infiltrated the parental couple's “selfdyad” in a way that could not be adequately contained. Having lost much of the capacity for the mutual selfobject relatedness that is required for a good enough selfdyad regulation, the parents' introjects were then split off and re-projected into their child. The author demonstrates a way of working in the treatment with the use of multiple psychoanalytic therapies, individual, couple, and family modalities. Furthermore, he elaborates a rationale for such a format, especially for those cases in which the intergenerational family projection-linking functions are especially salient and continue to exert a negative influence on the identified patient.

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