Thanks Sam, I appreciate all the work you are doing on these personality disorders. In my own search for healing from a life, that has only known narcissistic abuse, I have come across a therapy, which made so much sense in dealing with my own hurt and dysfunction. This also triggered me, after reading so many books, including yours on the subject of narcissism etc., into thinking this type of therapy might have at least a chance of unraveling a little the tight grip the false self has on such persons. The therapy I'm talking about is, "Internal family systems therapy,, or (IFS) therapy" developed By dr. Richard Schwartz P.H.D
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Richard Schwartz believes the personality is made up of a core self and then sub personalities as opposed to the normal psychological theory that the personality is a single entity. These sub personalities are supposed to report to the core self in a normal functioning person. However through childhood abuse neglect trauma etc. these sub personalities who are all well-meaning actually sometimes take over the leadership role almost banished the core self for its own good into exile. Kind of like when the president of the United States is taken to a secret location at a time of great danger. Anyway with this type of therapy the therapist helps the individual to explore and find out why these many sub personalities may be counteracting each other and causing dysfunction. In other words getting to the bottom of the problem by talking to each part (sub personality) individually (the same as a therapist would talk to real members of a dysfunctional family) and asking the part or parts a for reasons why it is performing in such a way. Trying to come up with solutions that make the dysfunctional part relax a little. Instilling confidence in these parts that this core self can do it's job. The only thing that makes me a bit hesitant to believe this type of therapy would help is the fact that you say the true self or core self is atrified and unable to take over any more. I would like your comments on this. Thanks!