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The role of mother-son incest in the pathogenesis of narcissistic personality disorder.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8182244     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Psychoanalytic case material is presented to illustrate how mother-son incest may be involved in the pathogenesis of a particular subtype of narcissistic personality disorder. Male patients with this disorder have a grandiose view of themselves as entitled to occupy a special position with others, combined with a paranoid tendency to anticipate imminent betrayal. The enormous guilt related to perceived oedipal transgressions leads these patients to fear retaliation from an enraged, vindictive, and castrating father at any moment. In addition, these men often feel that their special role vis-à-vis mother is a precarious one contingent on doing her bidding. Hence, they also live in dread of an impending disaster involving either abandonment or humiliation by their mothers.
G O Gabbard; S W Twemlow
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0003-0651     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Psychoanal Assoc     Publication Date:  1994  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-06-10     Completed Date:  1994-06-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505579     Medline TA:  J Am Psychoanal Assoc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  171-89     Citation Subset:  IM    
Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis.
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MeSH Terms
Countertransference (Psychology)
Interpersonal Relations
Maternal Behavior / psychology
Mother-Child Relations*
Personality Disorders / etiology*,  psychology,  therapy
Psychoanalytic Therapy
Sexual Behavior
Transference (Psychology)

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