The Deconstruction of Narcissism and the Function of the Object: Explorations in Psychoanalysis

Author(s) : Rene Roussillon

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The Deconstruction of Narcissism and the Function of the Object: Explorations in Psychoanalysis

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : November 2023
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 164
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 96896
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032056876
  • ISBN 10 : 9781032056

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The Deconstruction of Narcissism and the Function of the Object addresses the topic of narcissistic suffering and presents an innovative take on its psychoanalytic treatment through the deconstruction of its solipsism.

Presenting a new approach which builds on intuitions described by Freud and Winnicott, René Roussillon introduces the project of reconstructing what remains of "narcissistic" and solipsistic propositions in the theories of narcissism. Roussillon’s work explores his views on narcissism, its multiple pathological manifestations and its connection to the concept of the object. Spanning topics such as sexualization and desexualization in psychoanalysis, the symbolizing function of the object, transference and associativity, this new approach to treatment provides more satisfactory therapeutic results than current practice which seeks to analyze narcissistic impasses from an intrapsychic perspective alone.

This book will be of interest to psychoanalytic and psychodynamic clinicians.

About the Author(s)

René Roussillon, who was born in July 1947, was awarded a PhD in clinical psychology in 1988. In 1989, he was appointed Professor of Clinical and Pathological Psychology in the University of Lyon-II. From that point onwards, he has been the Head of the Clinical Psychology department in Lyon University and of the research team focusing on ""the subjectivation process in borderline and extreme situations"". He is also the Director of the clinical ""psycho-hub"" of the Rhône-Alpes region in France, a facility that he founded in 2007. In 1991, he became a Full Member of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society and of the Lyon/Rhône-Alpes Psychoanalytical Group; he is a former President of that association. He has published several books in French on psychoanalysis, as well as a significant number of articles (which have been translated into English, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Greek, Romanian, and Bulgarian). In 1991, he was the recipient of the prestigious Maurice Bouvet Award for his book Paradoxes et Situations Limites de la Psychanalyse (Paradoxes and Borderline Situations in Psychoanalysis). The main topics of his research work in psychoanalysis have to do with psychical trauma, the analysing situation, and the various forms of transference which may prove problematic within that setting.

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