The Narcissistic /Borderline Couple: New Approaches to Marital Therapy

NBsecednThe Narcissistic / Borderline Couple: New Approaches to Marital Therapy, Second Edition, Taylor and Francis, 2004. 

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Book Info: The text of this book focuses on the pain and trauma occurring between couples, especially within the dyad of narcissistic and borderline relationships. Presents models for working with these couples with case examples demonstrating how integrating object relations theory and self-psychology prove to be successful treatments.

Book Description: In this second edition to her groundbreaking book, Joan Lachkar ventures to go beyond narcissistic and borderline couples to a mélange of many other dyadic configurations. Updated to incorporate new literature and developments in the field of marital conflict that have taken place since the publication of the first edition, this book addresses the ever-changing faces and phases of narcissism within the context of marital treatment. 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). An essential text for every clinician doing marital therapy, The Narcissistic / Borderline Couple offers an improved understanding of marital pathology within the framework of our changing world. Average Customer Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars


Book News, Inc.: Defining the narcissistic/borderline couple as "individuals who, when they are together, form a shared couple myth that gives rise to many collective fantasies," Lachkar explicates the network that underlies this type of relationship and demonstrates how two theoretical constructs - self psychology and object relations - can be integrated to create an effective conjoint treatment of marital pathology. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. - This text refers to the hardcover edition.

James Grotstein, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine: "This new edition of Dr. Joan Lachkar's work highlights her meticulous ongoing efforts to define a fascinating clinical entity from different clinical and theoretical vantage points. This is a highly well thought out word that is characterized by sound scholarship, considerable clinical experience and innovativeness. It is to be recommended to all mental health workers."

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Dr. Lachkar is the author of numerous published books and articles including The Narcissistic / Borderline Couple, How to talk to a Narcissist, How to Talk to a Borderline, Courts Beware of the Borderline, and Common Complaints that Bring Couples into Therapy. For more, visit our Books section for more details and to order.