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The Narcissistic Family
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THE NARCISSISTIC FAMILY MODEL. Narcissus and Echo: The Original Narcissistic System. Characteristics of the Narcissistic Family. Narcissus, Narcissism, and the Narcissistic Family Model. THERAPY WITH ADULTS RAISED IN NARCISSISTIC FAMILIES. Acceptance: The Key to Recovery. Feelings and Communication. Setting Boundaries. Decision Making and Deferment of Gratification. Trust and Therapy. Intimacy, Sex, and Friendship. "I Do, Therefore I Am" Versus Validating the Treasure.

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STEPHANIE DONALDSON-PRESSMAN is a therapist, consultant, and trainer. She is known for her work with dysfunctional families, particularly with survivors of incest. ROBERT M. PRESSMAN is the editor-in-chief and president of the Joint Commission for the Development of the Treatment and Statistical Manual for Behavioral and Mental Disorders.

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"The authors have skilfully presented an often difficult topic in an easy-to-read work which will be of value to helpers at any stage of their professional development." (Anglican Theological Review) ?So readable and chock full of understandable case examples that it demands to be shared with patients. It focuses on the conduct of parents and their children trying to make sense out of their chaotic lifestyles in search of love, self-esteem, acceptance, and inner peace. Its valuable insights can be potent reinforcers of the therapeutic experience.? (Jack G. Wiggins, Ph.D., past president, American Psychological Association) ?Such a find. The concept is an artful and practical synthesis that bears effective witness to the authors' depth of knowledge of contemporary psychotherapeutic literature.? (Joseph R. McCool, Ph.D., past president, Academy of Family Psychology) ?I believe that this book should be required reading for every family physician. It is a real eye opener for those physicians who routinely prescribe psychotropic medications without psychiatric input and without insisting on the patient's participation in therapy.? (Laurence Bouchard, D.O., past president, American Association of Doctors of Osteopathy)

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