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Mimesis in narcissistic patients

ByNeville Symington

Natural historians use the term to describe the way in which one animal copies another; art historians use it to describe ornament that mimics materials or forms of a previous age. In both cases, although the essence of the two substances is different, the secondary qualities are similar. The transference is the instrument that a psychoanalyst uses to investigate the inner structure of the personality. The transference means the emotional structure of relating that the patient adopts towards the analyst, and it is the instrument that the analyst uses to research the inner structure of the personality. The patient admires his analyst and believes he has a special right to him and that the analyst has a special love for him, the patient. Sometimes such a patient believes that he is the analyst's chosen interpreter. If his analyst is criticized by another, he becomes paranoid.