Narcissism and concern: The relationship of self-object needs and narcissistic symptoms with healthy and pathological concern

Yael Friedemann, Rami Tolmacz, Yonit Doron

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Abstract

While concern and narcissism seem to be contradictory in nature, clinical evidence and theoretical writings on pathological forms of concern - tracing their origin to deficiencies in early relationships with primary caretakers - suggest that the actual relationship between these two characteristics might be much more complicated. We respond to a study aimed to add empirical data to the clinical and theoretical knowledge examined the relationships between self-object functions, types of narcissism and pathological concern. The findings of the study showed that pathological concern was positively associated with self-object needs and that this association was mediated by covert narcissism. Our discussion focuses on the developmental and psychodynamic sources of pathological concern, as well as its significance in the intrapersonal and interpersonal domains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-84
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychoanalysis
Volume76
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016

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Keywords

  • narcissism
  • pathological concern
  • self-object needs

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