The role of empathy in narcissism : an empirical investigation of Heinz Kohut's work

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Seth D. Leventhal (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rosemery Nelson-Gray

Abstract: The present study empirically explored theoretical postulates advanced by Heinz Kohut (1977, 1984) regarding the role of empathy in the development of the narcissistic personality disorder. Individual participants were classified via the questionnaire version of the Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM-III into four groups: (1) Narcissistic, (2) Avoidant/Dependent, (3) Personality disordered control, and (4) Normal control. There were 19 participants in each group (all were female undergraduate college students). Participants were exposed to three separate videotapes depicting three different degrees of empathy between a mother and her daughter (i.e., high, medium, and low). The low level empathy tape was designed to reflect pathological interactions between parent and child which Kohut suggests are critical in the formation of the narcissistic personality disorder.

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Language: English
Date: 1994
Kohut, Heinz $x Criticism and interpretation

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