Friday, June 29, 2007

Narcissistic Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Narcissistic Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Diagnosis and Treatment

Phyllis Beren

ISBN-10: 0765701243
ISBN-13: 978-0765701244

Book Description

The therepeutic task, with these patients, necessitates a special form of attunement and a particular treatment stance that take into account the often hidden sensitivities and painful feelings that lie beneath the surface for both child and parent. An understanding of these narcissistic vulnerabilities better informs the treatment and helps to modulate the countertransference feelings that alomst always arise.

From the Publisher

It requires enormous patience and courage to tolerate the confusion, ambiguity, and chaos that arise in the treatment of children and adolescents with narcissistic disturbances. Their provocations and enactments, their omnipotent and grandiose fantasies, and their formidable defenses challenge the therapist, as does working with their parents, who may suffer from similar disturbances and may not always cooperate with the treatment. The purpose of this collection is to provide the professional with a deeper understanding of these problems. The clinical and theoretical wealth of this book will go a long way toward informing clinicians about recent advances that may help them deal better with the inevitable transference-countertransference crises that these treatments provoke.