Narcissism: A Critical Reader

Narcissism: A Critical Reader

by Polona Curk

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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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ISBN-13: 9780429916489
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Polona Curk is an independent scholar. She previously worked as an associate research fellow in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, where she also completed her PhD. She has a background in psychoanalytic studies and works at the intersection of psychoanalysis, feminist philosophy and social theory. Her research examines intimacy and autonomy as two intrinsically linked processes through which the self lives relationally, and theorizes intimate autonomy as connected to continual attentiveness to the issues of dependency and destructiveness. She writes on the topics of attachment, intimacy, power dynamics, ambivalence, autonomy, and ethical responsibility. She has previously worked as a counsellor-volunteer in a non-governmental organization against domestic violence.
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.

Table of Contents

ContentsNarcissism and the Autonomy of the Ego by Anastasios Gaitanidis'I-not-I': Narcissism Beyond the One and the Other by Josh CohenTracing the Origins, Centring on Selves: Reading Kohut and Kernberg from a Developmental Perspective by Emmanouil ManakasFrom Narcissism to Mutual Recognition: The 'Mothering' Support within the Intersubjective Dialectic by Polona CurkNarcissism, Primal Seduction, and the Psychoanalytic Search for a Good Life by Larry O'Carroll Narcissistic Wounds, Race and Racism: A Comment on Frantz Fanon's Critical Engagement with Psychoanalysis by Julia BorossaThe Culture(s) of Narcissism: Simultaneity and the Psychedelic Sixties by Justin Lorentzen The Psychoanalytic Framing of the Art Object as Narcissistic Agency by Tessa AdamsNarcissism, Individuation and Old Age by Rob Mawdsley"I'm not in my own skin. I want to be in my own skin." Revaluing Fragmentation and Narcissism by Christopher Hauke

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Henry_Berry More than 1 year ago
The paradigmatic postmodern form of self, narcissism--along with other classical psychological concepts--is nevertheless rarely studied anymore. Though narcissism underlies practically all of postmodern behavior and desire and explains popular culture, it has become a neglected subject. Part of the reason for this is its very prevalence--it's taken for granted even though poorly grasped as an explanation. Part of the reason too is the lack of interest in psychoanalysis along with the ebbing of analysis as a means to understand something. In such a circumstance this collection of articles by psychologists, mental-health experts, and the like is especially welcome for reviving the subject of narcissism. Freud cannot be sidestepped in any modern-day exploration of narcissism. Yet 'most of the authors are critical, in one way or another, of [Freud's] depiction of our love live.' These authors distance themselves to varying degrees from Freud's 'neat differentiation between narcissistic and analytical object love.' But there is no getting entirely away from Freud's insights that narcissism has to to with love, with an unstable chemistry of love of an object and self-love and that narcissism is rooted in states, experiences, and processes of childhood. About half the 10 articles deal with aspects or themes of narcissism--e. g., autonomy of the ego, its origins, and the ' 'mothering' support within the intersubjective dialect'. The others apply implications of Freudian principles of narcissism or critiques of these to political or sociological subjects as a kind of cultural study or analysis. In these, narcissism is applied to Franz Fanon's analyses of racism, the 'psychedelic sixties', and old age, among other subjects. The specificity of some of 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.