Pathological narcissism has long been considered one of the most challenging conditions to treat in psychotherapy. Given the reluctance of many narcissistic patients to enter into therapy and the unique frustrations these patients can engender in those committed to helping them, even seasoned therapists may find themselves in need of expert guidance. In this book, today's most prominent thinkers and clinical experts on pathological narcissism address the challenges facing therapists who work with narcissistic patients. They trace the history of our understanding of narcissism, from ancient myth, to Freud and subsequent psychodynamic approaches and also provide clinicians with a comprehensive guide to treatment that covers features of the disorder, diagnosis, and assessment, as well as special considerations in the vital areas of transference and countertransference. Above all, they emphasise that narcissism is an eminently treatable disorder that can be approached using a variety of therapeutic models.
John S. Ogrodniczuk, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Director of the Psychotherapy Program in the Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia. In his role as Director, he coordinates the operations of Canada's 2nd largest medically based psychotherapy training program. In addition to this administrative role, he has developed a psychotherapy research program that is recognised as one of the more comprehensive and productive of its kind in the field. His research has involved a variety of psychotherapies and patient populations, but he has a particular interest in studying psychodynamic psychotherapy, personality disorder, and men's mental health. In addition to his research, he is involved with teaching medical students and psychiatry residents, serves as Associate Editor for the journal Psychotherapy Research, serves on the editorial board for three other journals (Group Dynamics, Journal of Personality Disorders, Psychotherapy), provides regular reviews for more than a dozen scientific and clinical journals, and consults with mental health clinics about service provision and evaluation.