Narcissistic Personality Disorder

  • Donald A. Bux


The “Little Prince,” as he came to be known in supervision, was a “special” person who felt he was in danger of losing this status. He alternated between insisting on his need for (indeed, his right to) perfection in his life and immediate gratification, and his distaste with this in himself. The work conducted in therapy was characterized by his ongoing struggle to reconcile his idealized childhood image of himself with his need to grow and mature, and take on a more adult, less self-centered view of the world. His task, as he put it, was to “grow up and realize that the world won’t come to a screeching halt if I die,” and to learn to accept this.


Personality Disorder Business School Automatic Thought Adjustment Disorder Coping Statement 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald A. Bux
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  1. 1.Department of Mental Health SciencesHahnemann UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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