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By Gaitanidis, Anastasios & Curk, Polona (Eds), Polona Curk, Anastasios Gaitanidis

This publication offers a accomplished overview of the present views and purposes of narcissism as a psychoanalytic idea that has been tremendous influential within the fields of psychotherapy, social technological know-how, arts and arts. Ten authors from diversified disciplines were invited to put in writing with regards to narcissism because it is approached of their expert box, leading to a thrilling and inclusive evaluate of up to date proposal on narcissism. This booklet is additionally a severe reader. each one writer heavily tested and analysed the probabilities and barriers of other perspectives on narcissism. it really is hence a truly beneficial booklet either for college students and specialists who search for a deeper and broader knowing of the concept of 'narcissism' and its a number of psychotherapeutic, social and cultural purposes.

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Perhaps the premier theorist of this tradition, Heinz Hartmann, read out of Freud ‘a non-conflictual sphere of the ego’’, including such functions as perception and motor co-ordination, autonomous of the drives and the conflicts they engender. (Hartmann, 1964, p. 162) Hartmann’s positing of conflict-free sphere of ego functioning has explicit implications for the theory of narcissism. According to Hartmann, we fall into categorical confusion if think of narcissism as cathexis of the ego as psychic system, rather than as, more simply, the self: The opposite of object cathexis is not ego cathexis, but cathexis of one’s own person, that is, self-cathexis.

Freud, 1917d, p. 225) For Green, this ‘absolute narcissism’ is the fundamental logic that links the Freud’s first dual drive theory (ego and sexual drives) to the second (life and death drives). What would be described in Beyond the Pleasure Principle as the organism’s will to extinguish all internal tension first appears as the desire for total decathexis of the ego. In many ‘secondary’ narcissistic forms, this desire is libidinised by the sexual drive and so made to serve the vital order. But even these derived forms are apt to display an underlying negativity which seeks nothing less (or more) than the nullification of all meaning, desire and relation.

The homosexual is in this respect his mother in disguise, loving boys “the way his other loved him when he was a child”. (Freud, 1910c, p. 100)4 Thus, neither this nor any other of Freud’s attempts to exemplify narcissism, to delineate its concrete forms, confirm the picture of monadic self-enclosure suggested by the metapsychological remarks of ‘On Narcissism’’s first part. Indeed, not even the autoerotic drives which precede narcissism proper can be said to have their source purely in themselves.

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