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Exploring malignancies: Narcissism and paranoia today.

Richards, B., 2018. Exploring malignancies: Narcissism and paranoia today. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 23 (1), 15 - 27.

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DOI: 10.1057/s41282-018-0075-2


Lasch's (1978) study of the 'culture of narcissism' is discussed as a model socio-psychoanalytic inquiry. However, in fragmented societies, the search for an encompassing diagnosis is less useful than a strategy of identifying states of mind active in specific situations. In studying more malignant phenomena, paranoid states are important, especially in their combination with narcissism. Hofstadter's (1964) essay on the paranoid 'style' is a key reference point. Comparing Lasch and Hofstadter invites a consideration of broad issues concerning the relations between culture and psyche, and between leaders and followers. The paper ends with a short commentary on narcissistic and paranoid states of mind in the case of President Trump.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:states of mind; narcissism; paranoia; malignancy; Trump
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:30684
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:08 May 2018 12:06
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:10


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