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The Narcissistic / Borderline Couple

New Approaches to Marital Therapy, 2nd Edition

By Joan Lachkar


262 pages

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In this second edition of her groundbreaking book, Dr. Joan Lachkar addresses the ever-changing faces and phases of narcissism within the context of marital therapy and discusses the new developments in the treatment of marital conflict. Drawing from many different theoretical frameworks, mainly self-psychology (Kohut) and object relations (Klein), the works of D.W, Winnicott, and Kernberg are expanded to further explain why couples stay in painful, conflictual, never-ending relationships (traumatic bonding). The new chapters, case illustrations, and updated treatment sequences are invaluable to both beginning and experienced clinicians. The Narcissistic / Borderline Couple is an essential text for every marital therapist, offering an improved understanding of marital pathology within the framework of our changing world.


"Lackhar's book provides a valuable resource for any marital and family therapist who wants to become more familiar with the border-line/narcissistic coupleand with psychodynamic approaches." -Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, Vol. 5(2) 2006, Malcolm M. MacFarlane, MA, Ross Memorial Hospital Community Counseling Services, Lindsay, Ontario Canada

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. The Narcissist and the Borderline

Chapter 2. Theoretical Implications

Chapter 3. The Couple: The Dance, The Drama, and The Bond

Chapter 4. Marital Theatrics: The Psychodynamics of the Narcissistic/Borderline Couple

Chapter 5. Dynamic Positions and Transference Formation

Chapter 6. Group Psychology and the Narcissistic/Borderline Couple

Chapter 7. Cross-cultural Couples

Chapter 8. Model of Treatment Chapter 9. Cases



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health