chapter  4
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Discussion of Psychotherapy of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Dr. Tolpin: I can see from this case history why there's a flirtation. We seem to be talking the same language and then suddenly we're not. The way that Dr. Klein describes many of the characteristics of displaced development, the way he sees the unavailability of solid consistency of either a mother and father, his description of the vulnerable, empty feeling, fragmented self-we're both using the same language. And then the flirtation ends in trouble because we're going down different theoretical outlooks that have enormously affected what is considered defense, what is considered the primary pathology, and how you intervene with it.