In this paper, Dr. Masterson gives an understanding of the intrapsychic structure of Narcissistic Personality Disorder and how it finds clinical expression through the disorders of the self triad. Clinical cases are presented to illustrate how the therapeutic intervention of mirroring interpretation of narcissistic vulnerability helps the patient to convert transference acting-out to therapeutic alliance and transference, thereby creating the condition for psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
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James F. Masterson (M.D., Jefferson Medical School, 1951) was Director of the Masterson Group, P.C., which specializes in the treatment of adolescent and adult character disorders. Additionally, he was Director of the Masterson Institute (formerly Character Disorder Foundation); attending psychiatrist at New York Hospital, Payne Whitney Clinic; and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Cornell University Medical College. Masterson has authored seven books and edited two volumes, mostly on the topic of psychoanalytic approaches to character disoreders and adolescents. His seminal work on the borderline personality has made him one of the most influential and studied practitioners of modern psychoanalytic methods.
James Hillman, PhD, who received his Ph.D. degree from the Univeristy of Zurich, has served as honorary secretary of the International Association for Analytical Psychology and for 10 years was Director of Studies at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. He has written 12 books and was nomiated for a Pulitzer prize.