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Narcissistic Phenomena and Narcissistic Personality Disorder 

- certificate course @ ORI - with  Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler

When: 1/09/14-3/20/14 (10 weeks, Thursdays, 8:15pm -9:30pm)

Where: In-person (115 East 9th Street- @ 3rd Ave, 12P, NY, NY, 10003) or Virtual (audio/video - with minimal technical requirements)

Tuition: $450/ 10 week course (can be paid in 2 installments)

In this course, we will discuss narcissism in its many clinical, developmental, and psychic structure dimensions.  We will see narcissism as a profound phenomenon that arrests one person’s development, and then sets that person up to control and dominate all those around them.  The control of others and of the inner true and potential self transpires through defensive image making, grandiose omnipotence, closet narcissistic vicarious living through the idealized other, and through social charm, when all those around the person are enlisted as an audience and entourage. 

We will also discuss the intense wounded narcissistic vulnerability that is sealed-off in a grandiose self-structure, which requires delicate clinical approaches to mirroring that vulnerability, and postponing confrontation until self-integration and separation-individuation have taken place.  We will see how developmental arrest in self and object relations development results in continuous self-sabotage and devaluing of others, with the false pathological grandiose self masking the shamed ridden child-self within. 

The shame ridden and enraged child-self is reflexively projected onto others as inadequacy images.  This arouses rage and shame, and inhibition in others that must ultimately be returned to the narcissistic personality.  To study all these dimensions of narcissism we will have a rich panoply of readings - in theory, clinical technique, as well as case illustrations of well-known women writers, and the clinical healing in psychoanalytic object relations treatment.  Among the psychoanalytic theorists we will read are: Arnold Modell, James Masterson, Otto Kernberg, Heinz Kohut, and Susan Kavaler-Adler. 

For a short educational video on the topic of NARCISSISM, please follow the link below:

     Thumbnail  Narcissism: The Object Relations View (part 14)

To Register, please follow the link HERE OR contact ORI administrator @ Admin@ORINYC.org or via phone - 646-522-1056. To receive the post-graduate education credit - contact ORI administrator via the same contact information.


First Class:

Masterson, J. (1981).  The Narcissistic and Borderline Disorders.  New York: Jason Aronson.

Chapters 1-3; pp. 3-53:

Chapter 1:  The Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Chapter 2:  Differential Diagnosis.

Chapter 3: The Clinical Picture: Case History and Intrapsychic Structure.

Second Class:

Masterson, J. (1981).  Narcissistic and Borderline Disorders.  New York: Jason Aronson.

Chapters 4-6; pp. 56-127:

Chapter 4:  Psychotherapy of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder—The Testing Stage: The “Sit Down Strike” and “The Mission,” Confrontation vs. Interpretation, The Testing Phase of Treatment.

Chapter 5:  The Beginning of the Working Through Phase: “The Missing Piece” and the “Golden Thread.”

Chapter 6:  Narcissistic Psychopathology of the Borderline and the False Self. A Developmental Object Relations Theory, True and False Self, The Internalized Split Object Relations Part-Units of the False Self, Case illustrations , Principles of Treatment of a patient with a False Self, Summary

Third Class:

Masterson, J. (2000). The Personality Disorders: A New Look at Developmental Self and Object Relations Approach.  Phoenix, Arizona: Zeig, Tucker and Co., Inc.

Chapter 3; pp. 59-74: Diagnosis – A Psychodynamic Approach to Borderline, Narcissistic, and Schizoid Personality Disorders.

Chapter 7; pp. 166 to 191: Working Through Narcissistic Defenses, Abandonment Depression, and Preoedipal Conflict.  

Fourth Class

Kernberg, O. (1975).  Borderline Conditions and Pathological Narcissism.  New York: Jason Aronson. 

Chapter 8 (pp. 227-263): The Treatment of the Narcissistic Personality.

Fifth Class

Kernberg, O. (1975).  Borderline Conditions and Pathological Narcissism.  New York: Jason Aronson. 

Chapter 9 (pp. 263-314): Clinical Problems of the Narcissistic Personality.

Chapter 10 (pp. 315-346): Normal and Pathological Narcissism.

Sixth Class:

Kavaler-Adler, S. (2014). Psychic structure and the capacity to mourn: Why narcissists cannot mourn.  MindConsiliums, 14(1), 1-18.

Seventh Class:

Kavaler-Adler, S. (1993). The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers. London and New York: Routledge (Reprinted in 2013 by ORI Academic Press).   

Chapter 13 (pp. 271 – 292):  Edith Sitwell Part 1: The Demon Lover, Poetry, and Writers' Block.

Chapter 14 (pp. 293 – 324): Edith Sitwell Part 2: The Aging Narcissist.

Eighth Class:

Kavaler-Adler, S. (1996). The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity. London and New York: Routledge (Reprinted in 2013 ORI Academic Press).

Chapter 10 (pp. 183 - 210): Anne Sexton's Treatment, Part 1.

Chapter 11 (pp. 211 - 242): Anne Sexton's Treatment, Part 2.

Ninth Class:

Kavaler-Adler, S. (1996). The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity. London and New York: Routledge (Reprinted in 2013 ORI Academic Press).

Chapters 12 and 13:

Chapter 12 (pp.243-268): The Case of Lois, Part 1: Red Shoes Frenzy, Mystique, and Creative Compulsion.

Chapter 13 (pp.269-292): The Case of Lois, Part 2: Healing and Movement Toward the Love-Creativity Dialectic.

Discussion of Woody Allen's Movie:  "Blue Jasmine"

Tenth Class:

Modell, A. (1976).  The holding environment and the therapeutic action of psychoanalysis.  Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 24, 285-308.

Discussion of Woody Allen’s Movie, “Blue Jasmine.”


      Visit ORI's YouTube Channel, ObjectRelations2009, to view the highlights of our Annual Conferences:

       Thumbnail  2013 Conference - on Countertransference, Regret, Aggression, and Their Vicissitudes

         Self-Sabotage - from Jungian, Kleinian, and Fairbairnian Perspectives  2012 Conference on Self-Sabotage: Jungian, Kleinian,  and Fairbairnian Perspectives.  

  2011 Annual 20th Anniversary Conference on Dialectics of Mortality and Immortality: Time as a Persecutory vs. a Holding Obje

2010 Annual Conference on Psychoanalysis & Spirituality

2009 Annual Conference on Eroticized Demonic Object

Visit ORI's YouTube Channel, ObjectRelations2009, to view NEW mini-video series "The Object Relations View"

           Intro to the Object Relations Thinking and Clinical Technique - with Dr. Kavaler-Adler (part 1).

         Projective Identification (part 2 of the mini-video series)

           Time as an Object (part 3 of mini-video series)

           Self Sabotage - (part 4 of mini-video series)

          Fear of Success (part 5 of mini-video series) 

          Mourning, Developmental vs. Pathological  (part 6)

           Bad Objects and Loyalty to Bad Objects (part 7)

           Demon-lover Complex  (part 8)

        Thumbnail   Psychic Regret (part 9)                                                                                         

       Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: Object Relations View. Part 10 of the educational series   Klein-Winnicott Dialectic  (part 10)                    

      Thumbnail  Depression: The Object Relations View (part 11)

     Thumbnail  Anxiety: The Object Relations View (part 12)

    Thumbnail  Eating Disorders: The Object Relations View (part 13)

     Thumbnail  Narcissism: The Object Relations View (part 14)

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