The Narcissistic Family: Diagnosis and Treatment

The Narcissistic Family: Diagnosis and Treatment

ISBN: 0787908703

ISBN 13: 9780787908706

Publication Date: July 09, 1997

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

Pages: 192

Format: Paperback

Authors: Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, Robert M. Pressman

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In this compelling book, the authors present an innovative therapeutic model for understanding and treating adults from emotionally abusive or neglectful families - families the authors call narcissistic. Narcissistic families have a parental system that is, for whatever reason (job stress, alcoholism, drug abuse, mental illness, physical disability, lack of parenting skills, self-centered immaturity), primarily involved in getting its own needs met. The children in such narcissistic family systems try to earn love, attention, and approval by satisfying their parents' needs, thus never developing the the ability to recognize their own needs or create strategies to getting them met. By outlining the theoretical framework of their model and using dozens of illustrative clinical examples, the authors clearly illuminate specific practice guidelines for treating these individuals.

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