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Psychotherapy in an Age of Narcissism

Modernity, Science, and Society


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. The World of Psychotherapy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Joel Paris
      Pages 3-13
    3. Joel Paris
      Pages 14-22
    4. Joel Paris
      Pages 23-40
    5. Joel Paris
      Pages 41-53
  3. Modernity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Joel Paris
      Pages 57-70
    3. Joel Paris
      Pages 71-85
    4. Joel Paris
      Pages 86-100
  4. Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Joel Paris
      Pages 103-123
    3. Joel Paris
      Pages 124-132
    4. Joel Paris
      Pages 143-149
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 150-171

About this book


Adopting a friendly but critical approach to the talking therapies, this book places psychotherapy in a social and historical context, exploring its relationship to contemporary culture and recommending a different way of thinking about practice.


Narcissism psychotherapy Therapie therapy thinking

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.McGill UniversityCanada

About the authors

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 Psychiatry. Dr. Paris' research interest is in personality disorders. He has 175 peer-reviewed articles, and is the author of 12 books and 38 book chapters. He is an educator who has supervised psychiatric evaluation with residents for 40 years, and who has won awards for his teaching.

Bibliographic information


"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