We will be immersing ourselves into psychoanalyst Neville Symington’s new, integrative take on an old, commonly misunderstood disorder. Profoundly helpful and intimate with case examples, as well as drawing from literature, I hope you’ll join us as we explore this original work!
“Neville Symington approaches the well trodden subject of narcissism and offers us fresh insights from his long clinical experience with patients suffering from this disorder. The camera angle he employs is both unusual and enlightening. He has come to understand the narcissistic subject, not only from the well known Kleinian instinctual grandiosity/manic defense standpoint or from the trauma deficit conceptions of Fairbairn, Winnicott, Balint and Kohut, but also from the unique perspective of profound ontological insecurity… The infant/child becomes narcissistically disordered by making an unconscious choice, either towards the life giver (its authenticity or spontaneity) or to its disavowal and the use of magical pretence in order to avoid external reality. Symington's concept of the life giver in its role in normal and abnormal narcissism constitutes a unique and integrating perspective on this entity and deserves serious consideration.”- James S. Grotstein
Four Wednesdays: September 6, 13, 20, 27; 7:30—9:00 pm