Transference and Narcissism

  • Robert Samuels


This chapter discusses how Freud’s theory of transference and narcissism relate to the way that we make a call to others to fix reality and help us satisfy the pleasure principle. Not only do we turn to others to satisfy our desires, but we want our others to verify our sense of being good and right. Moreover, this structure of obsessional narcissism helps to explain the limitations of contemporary liberalism and the failure of many forms of analysis and therapy.


Freud Transference Narcissism Obsessional Liberalism 

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  • Robert Samuels
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  1. 1.University of California, Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUSA

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