The fragile self: working with narcissistic vulnerability, grandiosity, shame and alienation
Trainer: Dr Phil Mollon
Venue: The Auditorium, Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD
Schedule: 10am to 4.00pm (registration at 9.45am)
Course fee: earlybird £105 (before 21st January 2017, £120 thereafter), including ample lunch, all refreshments, and CPD certificate.
In this one-day seminar Dr Phil Mollon will explore the themes of identity disturbance, fluctuating moods, low self-esteem, shame, and grandiosity (both hidden and overt) that are common and pervasive features of psychotherapeutic discourse. These themes reflect the disruptions present in a person’s narcissistic equilibrium.
He will explore the deep structures of these states and their developmental origins, questioning the nature of ‘self’, and the illusory identities that often structure our experience. The malign narcissism that can sometimes reside within the psychotherapeutic endeavour itself will also be outlined. By understanding the structure of narcissism, and how it imprisons the person in its illusions, we are in a better position to help (rather than further injure) the client who presents with these problems.
The day will include exploration of:
- The clinical phenomena of narcissism, and some of the key concepts of narcissistic disturbance that emerged during the 1970s and later, juxtaposing the contrasting formulations of the ‘grandiose self’ presented by Kernberg and Kohut.
- An exploration of the role of the missing third, the absent paternal function which leaves the child ‘trapped in the dyad’ and captivated by the image in the mother’s mind. We will also explore false selves and the delusional ego, and consider to what extent ‘all human selves are false selves’ – comparing the differing perspectives on mirroring and alienation provided by Kohut, Winnicott, and Lacan.
- The day will also consider the darker aspects of narcissism and the traumas suffered by those who are victims of the vampiric and parasitic predations of grandiose narcissists. Narcissistic aspects of ADHD, autistic spectrum, and psychopathy will also be considered.
- Consideration will be given to helpful and unhelpful forms of therapy with narcissistic disturbance. Narcissistic features of the psychoanalytic endeavour itself will also be addressed. We will also look at the question ‘What is healthy narcissism?’
For more information and to book a place, please visit our website: http://www.brightontherapypartnership.org.uk/events/the-fragile-self/
About the host
Dr Phil Mollon is a psychoanalyst, clinical psychologist, and energy psychotherapist. He is well-known as a writer and speaker on topics including shame, trauma, dissociation, self-psychology, and EMDR – and has pioneered the development of psychoanalytic energy psychotherapy.