Psychotherapy in an Age of Narcissism: Modernity, Science, and Society

Hardcover | December 7, 2012

byJoel Paris

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Narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder are subjects of great interest in contemporary society. The modern world, with its strongly individualistic values, encourages people to focus on themselves. Psychotherapy, although used to treat narcissism, is influenced by the same values, and runs the danger of making patients worse rather than better. This book, written from the perspective of empirical research in psychology, psychiatry, and the social sciences, suggests a different approach to psychotherapy, moving away from a focus on the self, and guiding patients to develop better social capital and social networks.

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Narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder are subjects of great interest in contemporary society. The modern world, with its strongly individualistic values, encourages people to focus on themselves. Psychotherapy, although used to treat narcissism, is influenced by the same values, and runs the danger of making patients worse r...

JOEL PARIS has been a member of the McGill psychiatry department since 1972, is a full Professor, and served as Department Chair from 1997 to 2007. Dr. Paris is currently a Research Associate at the SMBD-Jewish General Hospital, and heads personality clinics at two hospitals. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Psych...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 10.84 × 5.7 × 0.76 inPublished:December 7, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230336965

ISBN - 13:9780230336964

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I: THE WORLD OF PSYCHOTHERAPY
The Birth of Psychotherapy
Schools of Psychotherapy
Science and Psychotherapy
Why People Seek Psychotherapy
PART II: MODERNITY
Modernity and Psychotherapy
Narcissism: Individual and Cultural
Therapy Culture
PART III: PRACTICE
Sustaining the Family
Building Social Networks
Practicing Psychotherapy in a Social Context
The Future of Talking Therapy
References
Index

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"Joel Paris has written an erudite, intelligent, thoroughly researched work on the benefits of brief evidence-based psychotherapy in this epoch of disintegrating family and community ties." - Ira Steinman, American Journal of Psychiatry