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Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2075-3470

ISSN (online): 2311-9446


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The Glossy Face Of Narcissism: Analytical Approach 4212

Dorozhkin V.R.
Doctor of Psychology, Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychotherapy, Professor of Psychology and Social Work, Institute of Training of public employment service in Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

This paper studies the structural organization of the personality of a narcissistic subject. Disposition of the main elements of the narcissistic Ego is defined, the strata of narcissistic personality are revealed, systemic causes of the dualistic emotions like “grandiosity, nullity” are studied. Special attention is paid to refinement of the concept of “I-skin” of narcissistic personality and justification of introduction of a new term “I-skin of second order”, what enabled author to understand and characterize psychical dynamics of narcissistic personality comprehensively. Correlation between true and false aspects of Self in the structure of the personality is pointed out, constitutive elements of these two parts of the Ego are identified, stages of work with a narcissistic personality are considered. The article is supplemented with a case of group therapeutic work.

Keywords: narcissism, structure of narcissism, narcissistic type of the personality, work with narcissism in psychotherapy

Column: Case study


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