Borderline Conditions and Pathological Narcissism – Otto Kernberg 1985

161135718 Kindle Loc. 4572      “The patient’s angry outbursts over minor frustrations, real or fantasied, from the analyst may be an important move forward from the previously subtle devaluations of the analyst so characteristic of narcissistic resistances.

To angrily devalue the analyst in an effort to eliminate him as an important object who would otherwise be feared and envied, and on whom the patient so desperately needs to rely, is a characteristic function of the rage reaction.  The analyst’s internal security and his conviction in what he has to offer realistically to the patient are very important in reassuring the patient against his fantasies of the overwhelming nature of his own aggression.”

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