Narcissism and the self in homicidal adolescents

  title={Narcissism and the self in homicidal adolescents},
  author={James B. McCarthy},
  journal={The American Journal of Psychoanalysis},
  • J. McCarthy
  • Published 1978
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The American Journal of Psychoanalysis
Even where it emerges without any sexual purpose, in the blindest fury of destructiveness, the satisfaction of an instinct is accompanied by an extraordinarily high degree of narcissistic enjoyment⋯ owing to its old wishes for omnipotence. 
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