Frank Yeomans describes the spectrum of narcissism, from healthy all the way to Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). He mentions the current epidemic of narcissism in young people who are isolating in their parents’ basements, unable to take on the challenges of life and “fantasizing about who they might be and not ever being anything.”
We talked with Frank Yeomans about Narcissism, Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
Frank Yeomans is an expert clinician who makes use of Transference-Focused Psychotherapy in his practice treating NPD and BPD. In fact, he co-wrote the manual on TFP for Borderline Personality Disorder!
Frank Yeomans describes the difference between lies and delusion (and psychosis) within narcissistic pathology, with several clinical examples focusing on employment situations from his Transference-Focused Psychotherapy practice.
Why do people delude themselves? What is the real purpose of narcissistic lies or delusions? How are they different from psychosis? What is their impact on relationships? Does lying to people mean you are antisocial or have NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder)? How should a therapist handle a client who is delusional?
How do you treat malignant narcissism? Frank Yeomans says the key is empathy for the patient’s sadistic pleasure, however hard it might be to empathize with someone who gets pleasure out of hurting others. A clinical example features a young woman who cuts off her own fingers.
We talked with Frank Yeomans about Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and how it can affect us on a personal and societal level.