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Implications of the Intergenerational Linking Functions for the Parental Selfdyad in the Treatment of a Narcissistic Adolescent

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In this paper the author presents a case of a narcissistic adolescent boy with crippling anxieties and multiple inhibitions, where the contributing intergenerational history of self-difficulties had infiltrated the parental couple's "selfdyad" in a way that could not be adequately contained. Having lost much of the capacity for the mutual selfobject relatedness that is required for a good enough selfdyad regulation, the parents' introjects were then split off and re-projected into their child. The author demonstrates a way of working in the treatment with the use of multiple psychoanalytic therapies, individual, couple, and family modalities. Furthermore, he elaborates a rationale for such a format, especially for those cases in which the intergenerational family projection-linking functions are especially salient and continue to exert a negative influence on the identified patient.
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Keywords: COMBINED THERAPIES; FAMILY PROJECTION PROCESS; JOINT MARITAL PERSONALITY; LINKING FUNCTIONS; PROJECTIVE IDENTIFICATION IN FAMILIES; SELFDYAD; SELFOBJECT

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2016

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