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Silverman, D.K. (1995). Problems With Linking Constructs From Different Domains: Commentary on Pistole's “Adult Attachment Style and Narcissistic Vulnerability”. Psychoanal. Psychol., 12(1):151-157.

(1995). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 12(1):151-157

Problems With Linking Constructs From Different Domains: Commentary on Pistole's “Adult Attachment Style and Narcissistic Vulnerability”

Doris K. Silverman, Ph.D.

In this commentary on Pistole's article (this issue), I raise a number of questions about her linkage of insecure adult attachments and narcissistic pathology. To explicate these issues, I provide some background data on the infant attachment system and offer current information about the status of adult attachment research. I conclude that the lack of uniformity and consistency across adult attachment studies limits generalizations. I also raise issue with Pistole's use of the concept of narcissism. She conflates divergent theoretical views, thereby further obscuring the meanings of narcissism. Her attempt at bridging these two domains remains problematic.

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