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4.0 out of 5 stars The Sad Narcissist
Alice Miller is by far the most prominent popularizer of the twin concepts - True Self and False Self. She regards the True Self as a prisoner within the walls of the False Self. The latter is an intricate and multi-faceted defence mechanism. Defence against what? Against one's emotions that were repressed during early childhood. The narcissist plays a role - that of the...
Published on 24 Nov 2003 by Sam Vaknin

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3.0 out of 5 stars Academic book more than a guide
This is a good book for a student or professional person working in this field. It is not for someone who is living a difficult family relationship.
Published on 11 Dec 2012 by Mr P Dowling


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4.0 out of 5 stars The Sad Narcissist, 24 Nov 2003
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Alice Miller is by far the most prominent popularizer of the twin concepts - True Self and False Self. She regards the True Self as a prisoner within the walls of the False Self. The latter is an intricate and multi-faceted defence mechanism. Defence against what? Against one's emotions that were repressed during early childhood. The narcissist plays a role - that of the gifted, docile, accepting, tranquil, loving, peaceful and well-adjusted child. He becomes the extension of his parents: their unfulfilled dreams and secret wishes. His identity is moulded to fit the idealized and ideal offspring. His negative feelings are buried deep inside his tormented psyche. These emotional skeletons later erupt and produce depression, suicidal ideation or narcissistic defences. Excellent, readable and - if one can use this word in this context - entertaining. Sam Vaknin, author of 'Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Academic book more than a guide, 11 Dec 2012
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