Narcissism : Denial of the True Self
Category: Psychology / Personality
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: 03/01/2004
Synopsis: NARCISSISM Are you a narcissist? Do you interact with someone who is? Contrary to popular belief, narcissists do not love themselves or anyone else. They cannot accept their true selves, constructing instead fixed masks that hide emotional numbness. Influenced by forces in culture and predisposed by factors in the human personality, narcissists tend to be More concerned with how they appear than what they feel Seductive and manipulative, striving for power and control Egotists, focused on their own interests but lacking the true values of the self -- self-expression, self-possession, dignity, and integrity Without a solid sense of self, which leads them to experience life as empty and meaninglessIn this groundbreaking study, Dr. Alexander Lowen uses his extensive clinical experience to demonstrate how narcissists can recover their suppressed feelings and regain their lost humanity. By the use of Bioenergetic Analysis, the psychotherapy created by Dr. Lowen, a new possibility of a fulfilling and authentic life is presented for people with narcissistic characteristics and for those who interact with them.
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3.0 / 5.0
There are a lot of Narcissism books but this one seemed to be the most comprehensive with research and real info not stories about other peoples lives...
5.0 / 5.0
There are many books that describe the 'horrible' symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, but very few that tell you what to do to get better. This book was the only one that had an example of someone (the author) getting better. NPD is more complicated than Boarderline Personality Disorder, because Narcissists have so many defenses against feeling emotions--However, Lowen addresses with incredible insight, humiliation & the grandiose self, and anger vs. insanity--this has been invaluable. He even goes on to explain why some narcissists like disco lights, sounds--so they can 'feel' -- While he is concise, I only wish he could write a two or three sequels on what to say, what to do if you know of someone turning into a hardened narcissist. What do you say to a Narcissist who still has some emotion left, etc. Can only a psychotherapist help a Narcissist. What can family and friends do to help if you don't live near someone who does bioenergetic therapy.
5.0 / 5.0
This book really brings out the true narcissism in yourself and others... It really teaches you how to put up with narcissism... I know everyone has a narcisstic person that they have to deal with...That is why I love this book!! It is AWESOME!!
3.0 / 5.0
Throughout most of the book the author uses examples of different patients he has treated during his psychiatric practices. Some I found to be very peculiar and almost unbelievable. His practice of Bioenergtic Analysis is something aside from the norm of the common psychiatric specialists attended presently. The book did interest me, but left me feeling hopeless in the attempt of escaping the title of a 'Narcissist.' Overall, a good book if you are suffering from supressed feelings which need to be surfaced.