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Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 161–178 | Cite as

Some psychic effects of neoliberalism: Narcissism, disavowal, perversion

  • Lynne Layton
Original Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Special Section: Psychosocial Effects of Neoliberalism, Part II

Abstract

Neoliberalisms promote the development of certain versions of subjectivity, certain character structures, defenses, transferences, and countertransferences. Foucauldian theories go only so far in being able to account for the way neoliberal versions of subjectivity are lived. The paper elaborates on the individual, group, and relational effects of social repudiations of vulnerability and dependency needs and describes the perverse effects of the widespread disavowal of the interdependence of privileged and marginalized populations.

Keywords

neoliberalism narcissism perversion disavowal trauma social narcissism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lynne Layton
    • 1
  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and Editor, BrooklineUSA

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