Pathologies of the Self: Exploring Narcissistic and Borderline States of Mind

Author(s) : Phil Mollon

Pathologies of the Self: Exploring Narcissistic and Borderline States of Mind

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : June 2020
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 176
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  • Catalogue No : 95050
  • ISBN 13 : 9781913494001
  • ISBN 10 : 1913494004
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Pathologies of the Self explores both narcissistic disturbance and borderline states. For several decades of clinical practice, Phil Mollon has explored and pondered the nature and structure of identity as a core aspect of what drives human action. We are collectively trapped in images, either of our own choosing, or imposed on us by others. These illusions of self shape how we think, feel, and behave and are seemingly necessary for our functioning in society. Some of us become invested in grandiose self-images, consistently sacrificing perceptions of truth and reality in the service of maintaining these fictions. In such states, we are blind to both the subjectivity of others and to the deeper and more authentic aspect of self. Narcissism affects all human beings, and its thematic tentacles enter all forms of psychotherapy.

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One of the most original thinkers in the mental health profession, Dr Phil Mollon has written a rich and readable portrait of the complexities of narcissistic and borderline states of mind. Drawing upon a generous range of psychological theories and clinical data, Mollon has provided us with a veritable master class, illuminating these deeply troubling – indeed malignant – features of the human personality.
Professor Brett Kahr, Senior Fellow, Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, London, and Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis and Mental Health, Regent’s School of Psychotherapy and Psychology, Regent’s University London

This diminutive book packs a powerful punch… Mollon skilfully manages to bring together the many facets of this subject in a succinct, engaging way… a complex subject, artfully curated and expressed.
Sussex Counselling and Psychotherapy News

Table of Contents

Preface and summary

1. Narcissism, delusion, and the development of the structural self
2. The realm of the imaginary
3. The imaginary self
4. Narcissism and sexual trauma
5. The roots and structure of narcissistic disturbance
6. Borderline states


About the Author(s)

Phil Mollon, PhD, is a psychoanalyst, clinical psychologist, and energy psychotherapist. He is well-known as a writer and speaker on topics including shame, trauma, dissociation, self-psychology, and EMDR – and has pioneered the development of Psychoanalytic Energy Psychotherapy. With 40 years of clinical experience, in both the British National Health Service and private practice, he has explored many different approaches, always seeking better ways of helping those who are troubled with mental health problems. His work remains rooted in psychoanalysis, whilst also incorporating neurobiological, cognitive, and energetic perspectives.

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