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Instrumental narcissism in parents.

Authors
  • Elkind, D
Type
Published Article
Journal
Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1991
Volume
55
Issue
3
Pages
299–307
Identifiers
PMID: 1893229
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Instrumental narcissism is a syndrome manifested by parents who feel compelled to transform their infants and young children into geniuses. The parents' effort devalues the child's own abilities and exaggerates the parents' self-perceived magical powers. Various historical and contemporary examples of instrumental narcissism provide the basis for the author's exploration of the syndrome in the context of contemporary clinical discussions of narcissism.

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