Narcissism, Self-Objects, and the Brain

Georg Northoff

in Neuropsychoanalysis in practice

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Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599691
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754746 | DOI:
Narcissism, Self-Objects, and the Brain

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Chapter 7 deals with self-objects in the context of the psychodynamic concept of narcissism as introduced by Kohut and self psychology. Thus narcissism is to be understood not merely as a pathological condition or as a personality trait in healthy individuals, but rather as a basic and universal feature of the human psyche. Neuronal mechanisms that focus on affective assignment and interoexteroceptive linkage are discussed, and are related to the psychodynamic concept of self-objects that is regarded as central to narcissism.

Chapter.  14126 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

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