Instructor: Mehrdad Eftekhar, MD

Capacity: 15

Course Start Date:20-10-2016

Course End Date:09-02-2017

This course is designed to discuss the concept of Narcissism as well as its related psychopathology using different analytic viewpoints. Narcissistic transference and clinical techniques of working with narcissistic patients will be discussed as well. Participants should specifically familiarize themselves with Freud’s seminal work, “On Narcissim” before enrolling in this course. They are also required to read the assigned material before the class and be ready for active participation. After each class, students should write a log and email it to the instructor.


First session: 20-10-2016

Ellman, S. (2014). Traversing Narcissistic Pathways: From Freud to Present Times, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 34:394–407.

Balint, M. (1960). Primary Narcissism and Primary Love. Psychoanal Q., 29:6-43


Second session: 03-11-2016

Stolorow, R.D. (1975). Toward a Functional Definition of Narcissism. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 56:179-185.

Stolorow, R.D. (1975). The Narcissistic Function of Masochism (And Sadism). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 56:441-448.


Third session: 17-11-2017

Lessem, P.A., (2005). Self-Psychology- An Introduction. Chapter 3- The self and self-object Concept (26-62), New York: Jason Aronson.


Forth session: 15-12-2016

Kohut, H., The Psychoanalytic Treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorder- Outline of a Systematic Approach, 1968, Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 23:86-113


Fifth session: 29-12-2016

B.D. Margolis, 1979, Narcissistic Transference: The Product of Overlapping Self and Object fields, Modern Psychoanalysis, 4:131-140

B.D. Margolis, 1994, Narcissistic Transference: Further Considerations. Modern Psychoanalysis, 19:149-159.

Kron, R.E., 19971, Psychoanalytic Complications of a Narcissistic Transference. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 19:636-653.

Abrams, E. K., (1976). The Narcissistic Transference as a Resistance. Modern Psychoanalysis, 1:218-230.


Sixth session: 12-01-2017

Margolis, B.D. (1983). The Contact Function of the Ego: Its Role in the Therapy of the Narcissistic Patient. Psychoanal. Rev., 70:69-81.

Margolis, B.D. (1983). The Object-Oriented Question: A Contribution to Treatment Technique. Modern Psychoanalysis, 8:35-46.

Spotnitz, H. (1995). Psychotherapy of preoedipal conditions: Schizophrenia and severe character disorders. Chapter 12- Techniques for Resolving the Narcissistic Defense (137-152), New York, NY, United States: Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers.


Seventh session: 26-01-2017

Green, A. (2002). A Dual Conception of Narcissism: Positive and Negative Organizations. Psychoanal Q., 71:631-649.

Green, A. (1997). On private madness (Maresfield library). Chapter 6- Moral narcissism (115-141), London: Karnac Books.


Eighth session: 09-02-2017

Green, A. (1997). On private madness (Maresfield library). Chapter 7- The Dead Mother (142-173), London: Karnac Books.