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Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2000 Jul-Sep;36(3):86-94.

Medusa appears: a case study of a narcissistic disturbance.

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Department of Nursing, College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth, MN, USA. Pbjork1732@aol.com

Abstract

TOPIC:

A detailed case study of the brief psychotherapy of a college student with a narcissistic disturbance, discussed through the lens of relational psychoanalytic theory and including a description of important interventions.

PURPOSE:

To promote greater understanding of psychoanalytic theory and therapy with a particular young adult population, and to underscore the importance of empathy and the therapeutic relationship to successful psychotherapeutic outcome.

SOURCE:

The author's own clinical practice.

CONCLUSIONS:

The therapeutic alliance is fundamental to the psychotherapeutic change process. Empathy is not just a means to a better healing relationship; it is in itself healing. Accurate empathy within the therapeutic relationship is essential to developmental unfolding, especially where sustained, age-appropriate emotional responses to developmental needs were lacking and an integrated sense of self failed to develop.

PMID:
11111594
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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