Emotional features of narcissistic personality disorder

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On the basis of the existing data and his own clinical study, the author provides an overall systematization of emotional features of narcissistic personal disorder. The division of narcissistic emotions into primary and secondary, positive and negative, is ultimately determined by the internal (two-level) personality structure and the success or lack of success in functioning of narcissistic individuals. The author introduces the novel idea of pessimistic mood as characteristic of decompensated narcissistic patients and analyzes it in some detail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)720-724
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985


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