- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone (March 1 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780743255431
- ISBN-13: 978-0743255431
- ASIN: 0743255437
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 99.8 g
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Narcissism: Denial of the True Self Paperback – Mar 1 2004
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About the Author
Alexander Lowen, M.D., is a world-renowned psychiatrist and leading practitioner of Bioenergetic Analysis -- the revolutionary therapy that uses the language of the body to heal the problems of the mind. A former student of Wilhelm Reich, he developed Bioenergetic Analysis and founded the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis. Dr. Lowen is the author of many publications, including Love and Orgasm, The Betrayal of the Body, Fear of Life, Joy, and The Way to Vibrant Health. Now in his tenth decade, Dr. Lowen currently practices psychiatry in New Canaan, Connecticut.
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But, it took 3 years for me to pick this book up from underneath an end table, where I had hid it, because I was in denial of my true self. To face my true self, on the level that I had anticipated that I would be facing myself, meant in essence, dying an endless death.
And at some point, I had decided, "Well, I have died that death a million times over. So, I might as well read it.
Then, I read it 4 times, as I endlessly wrote in the margins, and accepted so much that I had anticipated was too scary to see, that wow! Seven years later, as I look at this book, bolding sitting amongst my read books, I see how far I have gone, because I accepted my greatest pains. I faced my flaws. I said "so what," to many of my past disempowering habits. And I just decided to turn my greatest pains into what drives me to be passionate.
I recommend this book to anyone who is ready to endlessly grow.
However, I felt that the book was limited in several ways. First, it posits a continuum of narcissistic patterns which strikes me as too simplistic to account for the various ways in which narcissism recreates itself in the children of narcissists. Second, there was a great deal of attention paid to a particular clinical approach which was insufficiently explicated (that is, having to stop and figure out what he must mean when he described various bio-energetic therapy activities distracted me from the main point of what I was reading). Finally, the writing was somewhat wooden and often drew my attention away from the subject at hand.
On the whole, this was a valuable book. It just seemed that the author *almost* wrote a better book, and it's that better book that I really wanted to read.
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