Narcissism: A Critical Reader

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This book provides a comprehensive review of the existing perspectives and applications of narcissism as a psychoanalytic concept that has been extremely influential in the fields of psychotherapy, social science, arts and humanities. Ten authors from different disciplines have been invited to write on the topic of narcissism as it is approached in their specialist field, resulting in an exciting and inclusive overview of contemporary thought on narcissism. This book is also a critical reader. Each author closely examined and analysed the possibilities and limitations of different views on narcissism. It is thus a very useful book both for students and experts who look for a deeper and broader understanding of the notion of 'narcissism' and its various psychotherapeutic, social and cultural applications.

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"This collection of articles by psychologists, metal-health experts, and the like is especially welcome for reviving the subject of narcissism... The specificity of someo f the chapters with the breadth of them all together adds much new to the topic of narcissism while inherently demonstrating its continuing relevance as a key to understanding contemporary, postmodern, culture."

Dr. Gaitanidis and his Assistant Editor Curk present us with a fresh re-evaluation of the venerable subject of narcissism in this most interesting and diverse edited work. After a faithful review of the psychoanalytic conception of narcissism, the various other contributors tease apart the narcissistic object-relations experience as it pertains in the individual, in coupling, in the community, in art and in other general areas and disciplines. This is a singular work. I do not recall the subject of narcissism having ever before been dealt with so broadly, so extensively and so deeply. --James Grotstein, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and Supervising Analyst at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society/Institute"

This book provides an ideal introduction both to the diverse ways in which narcissism is approached in clinical work, and to the complex interaction between clinical work and the broad cultural elaborations of narcissism. Gaitanidis and his Assistant Editor Curk cogently locate all the papers within the parameters of the wider contemporary debate on narcissism, and the book must be central reading both for the counseling and psychotherapy trainees, and cultural and social studies students. --Martin Stanton, Associate Research Fellow, University of Cambridge and Consultant Staff Counsellor"

Narcissim is much abused for good and ill in current psychoanalytic theory and practice. This book is thus very timely in bringing together articles developing measured critical debates about this topic, focusing specifically on narcissism and love. --Janet Sayers, Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology"

"Dr. Gaitanidis and his Assistant Editor Curk present us with a fresh re-evaluation of the venerable subject of narcissism in this most interesting and diverse edited work. After a faithful review of the psychoanalytic conception of narcissism, the various other contributors tease apart the narcissistic object-relations experience as it pertains in the individual, in coupling, in the community, in art and in other general areas and disciplines. This is a singular work. I do not recall the subject of narcissism having ever before been dealt with so broadly, so extensively and so deeply."--James Grotstein, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and Supervising Analyst at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society/Institute

"This book provides an ideal introduction both to the diverse ways in which narcissism is approached in clinical work, and to the complex interaction between clinical work and the broad cultural elaborations of narcissism. Gaitanidis and his Assistant Editor Curk cogently locate all the papers within the parameters of the wider contemporary debate on narcissism, and the book must be central reading both for the counseling and psychotherapy trainees, and cultural and social studies students."--Martin Stanton, Associate Research Fellow, University of Cambridge and Consultant Staff Counsellor

"Narcissim is much abused for good and ill in current psychoanalytic theory and practice. This book is thus very timely in bringing together articles developing measured critical debates about this topic, focusing specifically on narcissism and love."--Janet Sayers, Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology

-Dr. Gaitanidis and his Assistant Editor Curk present us with a fresh re-evaluation of the venerable subject of narcissism in this most interesting and diverse edited work. After a faithful review of the psychoanalytic conception of narcissism, the various other contributors tease apart the narcissistic object-relations experience as it pertains in the individual, in coupling, in the community, in art and in other general areas and disciplines. This is a singular work. I do not recall the subject of narcissism having ever before been dealt with so broadly, so extensively and so deeply.---James Grotstein, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and Supervising Analyst at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society/Institute

-This book provides an ideal introduction both to the diverse ways in which narcissism is approached in clinical work, and to the complex interaction between clinical work and the broad cultural elaborations of narcissism. Gaitanidis and his Assistant Editor Curk cogently locate all the papers within the parameters of the wider contemporary debate on narcissism, and the book must be central reading both for the counseling and psychotherapy trainees, and cultural and social studies students.---Martin Stanton, Associate Research Fellow, University of Cambridge and Consultant Staff Counsellor

-Narcissim is much abused for good and ill in current psychoanalytic theory and practice. This book is thus very timely in bringing together articles developing measured critical debates about this topic, focusing specifically on narcissism and love.---Janet Sayers, Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology

About the Author:

Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis is a Permanent Visiting Lecturer in Psychoanalytic Studies at Goldsmiths College (University of London) an Associate Lecturer in Social Sciences at the Open University and a Visiting Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Kent. He is also a Psychodynamic Counsellor/Psychotherapist in private practice. He is currently co-authoring the book Male in Analysis with Tessa Adams and Larry O'Carroll (Palgrave), and co-editing the book Authoring the Sublime with Tessa Adams (Karnac). He is also in the process of editing his PhD thesis Death, Time & the Unconscious: Representation(s) and/of the Death Drive in French Psychoanalytic Thought for publication as a book. Polona Curk (Assistant Editor) holds an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies from Goldsmiths College (University of London) and is currently a full-time PhD candidate at Birkbeck College (University of London). Before coming to Britain, she worked as an architect in her country, Slovenia. She also worked as a counsellor-volunteer in a non-governmental organisation against violence. Her research is concerned with the concept of autonomy in the meeting of two subjects, and with the feminine and masculine subjectivity and their representations in the social realms, using psychoanalytic approaches and feminist theory.

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