Narcissus and Echo: Reflections on Narcissistic Themes in Couple Relationships

Narcissus and Echo: Reflections on Narcissistic Themes in Couple Relationships
Carol Ride
Psychoz Publications 2002
ISBN 9780958579636

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At last, a comprehensive exposition of the myth of Narcissus and Echo (yes, there were two protagonists in the original story). Narcissus and Echo draws upon both psychodynamic and systemic theories to tease out the many entangled strands, and reveal the heights and depths, of the nature of attachment and the inevitable anxiety that accompanies it. The relationship between Narcissus and Echo is used as a rich backdrop for a consideration of the dynamics of certain modern couples, whose choice of each other and mode of relating serves a narcissistic function. This book explores the factors underlying the propensity for couples to avoid connection, or fuse with each other, as a defence against separateness, dependency and loss of idealisation. Clinical material illustrates the everyday relevance of the myth, and the shared nature of difficulties experienced by such couples in their paradoxical struggle to be separate as individuals, and yet intimately connected with each other. Carol Rides signal achievement will be cherished by therapists for years to come for both its therapeutic and literary insights.

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