The Narcissistic / Borderline Couple: New Approaches to Marital Therapy

The Narcissistic / Borderline Couple: New Approaches to Marital Therapy

The Narcissistic / Borderline Couple: New Approaches to Marital Therapy

The Narcissistic / Borderline Couple: New Approaches to Marital Therapy

Synopsis

In this second edition of her groundbreaking book, Dr. Joan Lachkar addresses the ever-changing faces and phases of narcissism within the context of marital therapy and discusses the new developments in the treatment of marital conflict. Drawing from many different theoretical frameworks, mainly self-psychology (Kohut) and object relations (Klein), the works of D.W, Winnicott, and Kernberg are expanded to further explain why couples stay in painful, conflictual, never-ending relationships (traumatic bonding). The new chapters, case illustrations, and updated treatment sequences are invaluable to both beginning and experienced clinicians. The Narcissistic / Borderline Couple is an essential text for every marital therapist, offering an improved understanding of marital pathology within the framework of our changing world.

Excerpt

The first edition of The Narcissistic/Borderline Couple abstracted concepts mainly from classical psychoanalysis, self-psychology (Kohut), and object relations (Klein, Winnicott, Fairbairn, Bion, Kernberg). At that time, clinicians, particularly classically trained psychoanalysts, looked somewhat askance at diagnosing and treating relational disorders. Many thought of self-psychology and object-relational approaches as an "odd couple" relationship. But they can indeed work together, as evidenced by the increasing number of clinicians who have begun to apply an object-relational approach to the treatment of marital conflict. Even those who for many years "avoided" couple therapy on the basis that it went against their classical orientation are now actively working within this modality

In the first edition of this book, a number of psychoanalysts and psychoanalytically trained researchers who understand both fields were acknowledged as making major contributions to marital therapy These include Dicks (1967); Lachkar (1984, 1985, 1986, 1989); Lansky (1981, 1987); Scarf (1987); Scharff and Scharff (1987); Schwartzman (1984); Sharpe (1981); Slipp (1984); Solomon (1985, 1986); Strean (1980,1985); and Willi (1982). Since then, an increasing number of researchers who understand both fields have been directing their attention to marital conflict. These include Carlson and Sperry (1998); Kernberg (1995); Lachkar (1998); McCormack (2000); and Rothstein (1998).

This edition further emphasizes the contribution of object relations in the treatment of couple therapy, especially in helping couples face internal deficits, conflicts, distortions, and projections. Melanie Klein's (1957) formulations have proved invaluable in couple therapy, including her

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