Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 221–224

The narcissistic therapist meets a narcissistic patient

  • Anne Glinert Seligson

DOI: 10.1007/BF00945987

Cite this article as:
Seligson, A.G. J Contemp Psychother (1992) 22: 221. doi:10.1007/BF00945987


The presence of narcissism in both therapist and patient results in a collusion that preserves the narcissistic integrity of the therapist and validates the narcissistic injury of the patient. Not only is the narcissistic behavior of the patient condoned, but narcissistic excesses in the therapist are tolerated. The unconscious identification on the part of the therapist with the patient produces anxiety in the therapist which results in treatment that intensifies the pathology of the patient.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne Glinert Seligson
    • 1
  1. 1.La Jolla

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