Dimensions of Narcissism
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPSY 2446
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Social Sciences
Who do you think you are? Why do you think so? The study of narcissism, which occupies center stage in psychodynamic theory today, focuses on the earliest experiences of the self, on the ways in which the image and perception of self are formed. Our concepts of self are formed early in life, through interactions with caregivers. During this time, our psychic task is to lay the groundwork for essential human experiences: a sense of belonging, a fundamental sense of safety, a healthy sense of adequacy or self-esteem. The results have dramatic implications for the emergence of personality as well as the unfolding of our unique world. Emphasis in this course is on understanding the emergence of self. The theories of object relations and narcissism are studied, with special attention to the narcissistic emotions of rage, shame, emptiness, elation, isolation, fragmentation, and loneliness.