Vulnerable narcissism in Greek psychoanalytic clinical settings: A qualitative research

  • Alexandra Triantafyllou


Vulnerable aspects of narcissism, though widely recognised in psychoanalytic literature, are not depicted in the current psychiatric criteria for the narcissistic personality disorder. The present quality research, aims to explore the presence and nature of vulnerable narcissism in Greek clinical psychoanalytic settings, through six interviews with experts [psychiatrists/psychoanalysts]. The results demonstrate that there is unanimous consensus among Greek psychoanalysts regarding the presence of vulnerability in typical narcissists, with alternations of grandiose and vulnerable behaviors. The majority of clinicians also agree that a vulnerable narcissistic subtype is frequently encountered in therapy. Furthermore, acknowledging and working through vulnerability, is considered to be a key element of the therapeutic treatment.
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