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James Masterson (March 25, 1926 – April 12, 2010)

April 30, 2010

James F. Masterson (March 25, 1926 – April 12, 2010) was born in Philadelphia, Pa. He was one of the pioneers of Object relations theory. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Notre Dame and his MD in 1950 from Thomas Jefferson University. Masterson died in New York City on April 13, 2010.

On Narcissism: n 1993 Masterson [1] proposed two categories for pathological narcissism, exhibitionist and closet. Both fail to adequately develop an age- and phase- appropriate self because of defects in the quality of psychological nurturing provided, usually by the mother. The exhibitionist narcissist is the one described in DSM-IV and differs from the closet narcissist in several important ways.

The closet narcissist is more likely to be described as having a deflated, inadequate self perception and greater awareness of emptiness within. The exhibitionist narcissist would be described as having an inflated, grandiose self perception with little or no conscious awareness of the emptiness within. Such a person would assume that this condition was normal and that others were just like them.

The closet narcissist seeks constant approval from others and appears similar to the borderline in the need to please others. The exhibitionist narcissist seeks perfect admiration all the time from others.


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