Narcissism and the potential for selftransformation in the Twelve Steps

  title={Narcissism and the potential for selftransformation in the Twelve Steps},
  author={L. Turnbull},
  pages={149 - 165}
  • L. Turnbull
  • Published 1997
  • Medicine
  • Health:
  • Alcoholism and its legacies of dis-ease can be understood psychoanalytically in terms of disturbed or pathological narcissism. The Twelve Steps programme of recovery provides the fragile self with the conditions for a ritualized rebirth through offering a community based on relations of reciprocity and a spiritual relationship to the Other. The holding environment of the group and the paradox at the heart of the relation to the Other are potent therapeutic elements. The Twelve Steps is an… CONTINUE READING
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