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Narcissism and the Self

Dynamics of Self-Preservation in Social Interaction, Personality Structure, Subjective Experience, and Psychopathology


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Ralf-Peter Behrendt
    Pages 1-10
  3. Ralf-Peter Behrendt
    Pages 11-41
  4. Ralf-Peter Behrendt
    Pages 42-101
  5. Ralf-Peter Behrendt
    Pages 102-142
  6. Ralf-Peter Behrendt
    Pages 143-181
  7. Ralf-Peter Behrendt
    Pages 182-217
  8. Ralf-Peter Behrendt
    Pages 218-263
  9. Ralf-Peter Behrendt
    Pages 264-344
  10. Ralf-Peter Behrendt
    Pages 345-384
  11. Ralf-Peter Behrendt
    Pages 385-391
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 392-408

About this book


The book examines how coevolved intraspecific aggression and appeasement gestures can give rise to complex social, cultural, and psychopathological phenomena. It argues that the individual's need regulate narcissistic supplies and maintain feelings of safety is the overriding determinant of human conduct and thought in mental health and illness.


Narcissism self ego superego self psychology object relations mental illness psychopathology mechanisms of defence social cohesion social structure personality characterology individual development ethology aggression character complex development feelings interaction

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Princess Elizabeth HospitalGuernsey

About the authors

Ralf-Peter Behrendt studied medicine and medical cybernetics at the Russian Medical State University in Moscow, Russia. He trained in psychiatry in Sheffield, UK, and has been working as a consultant in old age psychiatry since 2005. He has published several review articles and book chapters on the pathophysiology of hallucinations in schizophrenia and on mechanisms that underpin consciousness.

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