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In this paper, I examine narcissistic difficulties experienced by the handicapped youngster, especially to the extent that they are anchored in pre-, peri- and early post-natal experiences that were cast in the molds of parental narcissistic vulnerability and of impediments to the infantile attainment of a core sense of self. Considerations pertain to relatively generalizable consequences of infant handicap, encompassing the potential effects upon narcissism of a broad range of developmental disabilities.
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K. Mark Sossin, Ph.D.
This paper is adapted from a panel presentation in a symposium on psychoanalytic perspectives on pre- and perinatal psychology, chaired by Judith Kestenberg, M.D., at the Fourth International Congress on Pre- and Perinatal Psychology: Frontiers and Front Lines of Human Development, Amherst, Massachusetts, August, 1989. K. Mark Sossin, Ph.D. is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of Infant/ Toddler Parent Research at Pace University, New York; Supervising Psychologist at Child Development Research, Sands Point, N.Y.; and a clinical psychologist, and child psychoanalyst, in private practice. Address correspondence to the author at 1893 Stewart Avenue, New Hyde Park, N.Y. 11040.