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In Search of a Deeper Meaning of Narcissism

Internationally renowned psychoanalyst, Neville Symington, presented a paper for the clinical staff at Birmingham Maple Clinic today, titled “In Search of a Deeper Meaning of Narcissism,” in which he suggested that the root of many of the other severe disorders we diagnose, such as Borderline Personality Disorder, OCD, Schizophrenia, and other mental disorders, are more descriptive of a symptom cluster from the root cause of narcissism. He sees narcissism as the result of early trauma, loss, detachment, etc., and suggests that clinicians can offer alternate directions, akin to re-parenting), to help the narcissistic patient change their current dysfunctional status to something more healthy and freeing.