Edith Nick Case

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Case Evaluation and Analysis #2
The youth Narcissus, hunter and son of a nymph and minor river god, was known for his extreme beauty and the carelessness with which he treated his would-be companions. He broke the hearts of even the loveliest of maidens without care wherever he traveled. Indeed, the most beautiful of all nymphs, Echo, fell immediately in love with him (just as had all the others) and pursued him in her own shy way. Sensing her presence, Narcissus called about, asking “Who is there?” but Echo, having been previously cursed by Hera herself, was only able to repeat his words after him. When he finally saw her, Narcissus spurned Echo and drove her to complete alienation in her sorrow, where she ultimately faded
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Edith Hamilton’s 1942 book on mythology does an excellent job of telling this tale in its many slight versions, and was my primary source as a child when learning of …show more content…
Therefore, our first goal in treatment is to slowly foster in Nick an awareness of his own behavior and motivations. This will be difficult, as many with NPD do not identify or recognize any of the diagnostic criteria for NPD within themselves (Ronningstam, 2012, pg. 943). Ronningstam states that it might not even be useful to inform the client of their diagnosis; instead, she notes that it is much more important to foster a therapeutic alliance. Those with NPD experience deep levels of shame, low self-esteem, and fragility; much of their behavior is an unconscious defense mechanism designed to avoid situations that might cause such emotions (Ronningstam, 2012, 944). This is why it can be so hard to convince a client with NPD of their diagnosis; their internal experience is a far, far different story than the external experiences of those around them. Helping Nick to self-actualize will also help him to voice his feelings of hurt and shame, and this emotional reprieve will likely be extraordinary helpful to his overall success with