Narcissism and the Self

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

  • Ralf-Peter Behrendt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  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

  • Ralf-Peter Behrendt
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  1. 1.Princess Elizabeth HospitalGuernsey

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2015
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social Sciences Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-50448-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-49148-0
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