School for Social Work
Pathological narcissism is an emotional disorder clinical social workers are likely to encounter. Psychodynamically oriented social workers have access to a variety of models to structure the treatment of narcissistic individuals. Self-Psychology and Modern Analysis are two analytic treatment models which serve to explain and treat this exact clinical population. The two models define narcissism extremely differently which ultimately impacts each theory's understanding of the developmental trajectory, treatment implications, and the definition of a successful treatment experience. Ultimately, the two models serve to treat two different clinical populations. The two theories are also not equally applicable in social work settings.
Novack, Heather, "In whose mirror : a comparative analysis of the conceptualization and treatment of pathological narcissism, using modern analysis and self psychology" (2008). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.