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Narcissism and the personal myth.
Psychoanal Q. 1986 Jul; 55(3):452-73.PQ

Abstract

Kris (1956) described the concept of the personal myth as an autobiographical story built around a family romance fantasy seen specifically in obsessive characters and serving a defensive function. In this paper the concept of the personal myth was expanded to include similar defensive constellations originating from within the grandiose self, built around omnipotent and omniscient fantasies and occurring in character formations with pregenital, narcissistic pathology. The case of a known author and poet, Nikos Kazantzakis, was used to illustrate the thesis of the paper. The available biographical material and the work of the author offer evidence to support the claim that the author's personal myth was a protective shield against anxiety originating in early narcissistic traumata.

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eng

PubMed ID

3749397

Citation

Lester, E P.. "Narcissism and the Personal Myth." The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, vol. 55, no. 3, 1986, pp. 452-73.
Lester EP. Narcissism and the personal myth. Psychoanal Q. 1986;55(3):452-73.
Lester, E. P. (1986). Narcissism and the personal myth. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 55(3), 452-73.
Lester EP. Narcissism and the Personal Myth. Psychoanal Q. 1986;55(3):452-73. PubMed PMID: 3749397.
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