Identifying and Understanding the Narcissistic Personality

Paperback | January 25, 2006

byElsa F. Ronningstam

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Narcissists have been much maligned, but according to clinicians who study personality, there are many productive narcissists who succeed spectacularly well in life because they can articulate a vision and make others follow. Elsa Ronningstam, who has been studying and treating narcissists for20 years, presents a balanced, comprehensive, and up-to-date review of our understanding of narcissistic personality disorder, explaining the range from personality trait, which can be productive, to full-blown disorder, which can be highly destructive. Through fascinating case histories,Ronningstam shows us the inner life of narcissists, the tug of war that exists within them between self-confidence and arrogance on the one hand and painful shame and insecurity on the other. It is the first integrated clinical and empirical guide to assist clinicians in their work withnarcissistic patients.

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Narcissists have been much maligned, but according to clinicians who study personality, there are many productive narcissists who succeed spectacularly well in life because they can articulate a vision and make others follow. Elsa Ronningstam, who has been studying and treating narcissists for20 years, presents a balanced, comprehensiv...

Elsa F. Ronningstam is at Harvard Medical School.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.3 × 9.21 × 0.98 inPublished:January 25, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195148738

ISBN - 13:9780195148732

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. From myth to personality disorderChapter 2. A normal asset with cultural differencesChapter 3. The origins and scopeChapter 4. Identifying pathological narcissismChapter 5. Differentiating pathological narcissismChapter 6. Asset or disruption -- Narcissism in the workplaceChapter 7. My way or no way -- Narcissism and suicideChapter 8. Correction or corrosion -- Changes in pathological narcissismEpilogue

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"This book provides a needed exploration into a personality disorder where there has been a paucity of research as well as misinterpretations...fascinating and highly informative."--Doody's Book Review