On The Deconstruction of Narcissism

Written by Karen Barna

At what point do we begin to see that what we are doing, or what has been done, goes against everything that stands to protect human welfare? The answer to this question is what the founding forefathers of our country sought to answer through the institution of political doctrines that were designed to protect the civilian community. Today the answer to this question is sometimes left to therapist to discover when counseling a patient, but it still remains the responsibility that is bestowed to parents, teachers, community leaders, law makers, and to all of us to pursue. That is, if we truly understand what it means to love.

Acts of terrorism have proliferated in recent decades as world leaders struggle to combat the reality that they must face. Silent predators hid in wait of their next victims, camouflaged by a network of underground supporters and organizers using the latest technologies to advance their initiatives. Much like drug traffickers, these organized crime syndicates have ties to countries outside our borders, and so they infiltrate our borders masquerading as well intentioned civilians within its community.

Most recently, I have learned of a case were implants placed in individuals using high intensity frequency technology and locators, and which has come under speculation by some groups pondering how organized crime has infiltrated our hospitals, doctor’s office, and community at large. I have always thought of money as a deplorable object, simply because so many need it, and some will do anything for it making conditions ripe for the proliferation of all kinds of crime.

My recent research has led me to the study of identity and identity disorders which explores how our narcissism, as human subjects, are formed and the distortions that can pervert and warp a person’s personality and behavior. Distortions found in conditions like schizophrenia, the schizoid position, anti-social personality disorder, dissociative personality disorder, various forms of psychopathy, anorexia, and many other mental illnesses. At the heart of many of these theories, as well in some individuals, there remains present something referred to as “the shadow of the object”. “In Mourning and melancholia, Freud wrote that “the shadow of the object fell upon the ego”. This is an essential element in thinking about the blending of ego and object, and suggests a fundamental direction for analyzing narcissism.” ‘The Shadow Of The Object’ means those traces that have become mute, silenced, assimilated; the traces of the object’s primary responses, the first human mirror reflecting the self’s drive-related impulses and primary needs. In order to establish the self as a ‘double’ and similar to the other individual the infant become aware that she exists simultaneously as the mother’s ‘double’ from the mother’s mirroring and the mother even though the mother has her own and different independent wishes. Winnicott believed the creation of narcissism began through this process and most specifically the process at the breast, during the act of nursing itself creates this reflective mirror. “Whatever transpires’ means that the infant treats the substance of what the mother expresses as a message that, in effect, concerns her, as a kind of response to the infant’s own impulses directed towards the mother. Whether the mother’s response is an accurate reflection of the infant’s emotions, the effect of her own internal state, or the way in which she feels and interprets the signals addressed to her, her infant will receive these messages as reflections. This point is of particular relevance for our understanding of the pathology of narcissism, which can then be seen to involve the specific features of the way in which the primary mirror has carried out the role potentially allotted to it. Either the primary parental mirror may have reflected only very little material for the infant to be able to identify her internal states, which may then become blanked out in the absence of any ’double’ response, or the reflection may have distorted them to such an extent that they have become warped.”

“[Winnicott] emphasizes the importance of the two-way movement, the mutuality that is typical of the early feeding situation and, over and beyond that, of the mother-infant relationship as a whole. He comments on the fact that infants try to put their fingers into their mother’s mouth, and so “feed” the mother. Here again is the idea of the ‘double’. Winnicott emphasizes the importance of this reciprocity for a positive integration of the experience of being fed. The maternal mirror is no longer simply and effect of the illusion derived from the found-created dimension it is not simply an effect of an emotional or sensory reflection, rather it also implies a two-way process of reciprocity, a mutual feeding, and perhaps, also a mutual transformation. Once again, the maternal mirror contributes to the emergence of a form of symbolic dialogue. The hypothesis suggested here is that the shadow of the object arises from that which the object did not reflect back to the self as regards the latter’s emotions and internal states. In other words, the object failed to fulfill its role as a mirror, and the primary narcissistic expectations of the self were thus disappointed. But when the infant is able to mourn the loss of the object in the process of mourning the loss of the object he or she can thus become paralyzed from the outset and trapped within a paradox, because giving up the object implies also giving up the part of the self that is sequestered inside the object. Yet, letting go of the object, for example, in the process of mourning, is carried out in the name of preserving the self or the self’s wholeness and consistency (as in castration anxiety, for example).”

However, the deconstruction of primary narcissism at the point of the breast is not the only way in which “the shadow of the object can fall on the ego.” There are traumatic events which can take place during childhood, and sometime in adult life, in which this “shadow” can be created through traumatic events that can be painful creating what psychologists call a “narcissistic wound,” a wound that can make a person’s psyche unravel and call into question the person’s coping mechanisms much like the denaturing of a protein through a chemical process of reaction by introduction of a reagent. These events can also create alternate states of hallucinations and delusions which we see in individuals suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and the paranoid schizoid position. It is important to note that this paper is only calling into question the theories revolving around the creation and deconstruction of primary narcissism and it totally discounts the process of secondary narcissism as well as other intervening factors, but still these ideas are very noteworthy to consider.

When an event occurs that illicits a narcissistic state, it is fair to say that the traumatic event dismissed the self’s drive-related impulses and primary needs. In any event, what ever causes this state remains the focus of many forensic investigative teams. And what this could mean for the individual suffering the psychic wound or break is the event horizon, a creation of a person’s alternate destiny through the creation of an alternate reality and the creation of a repetition drive. This is what I believe initiated the events of Element Jones’ sexual abuse through spinal cord stimulation. The creation of an ego state or an existing narcissistic ego state that made it possible for the person to feel potent in some way over Ms. Jones. Sometimes these situations calumniate in one violent act unleashed against the individual and then when resolved we see the individual psyche return to a state of calm and normalcy as a one time narcissistic wound found in the act of revenge. What I am interested in is what set-up the consistent state of repetitious abuses that we see in Element Jones case. Something had to have caused the perpetrator’s alternate destiny placing him or her in an alternate reality believing they had the authority to assume complete control over Ms. Jones body. The alternate reality of assumed omnipotence is a state that must be lost in order to develop and evolve fully as spiritual beings. This again is the reason people enter psychoanalysis.

As Freud had seen in his study of patients with mourning and melancholia, there exists depressive states found in individuals who were suffering through loss. The loss of the love object begins the same reparative process of healing in individuals suffering from psychosis. The conscious state of awareness that the love object has been lost, and that what one has done was wrong, initiates the depressive state and this depressive states allows for the individual to become aware they have wronged someone thereby making the healing process possible in psychoanalysis. If the patient does not become aware of this loss, or if he or she is not made to lose, he or she will not be able to begin the reparation process of healing. This can be achieved through talk therapy in psychoanalysis and in effect can be achieved by experiencing the variety of losses that life has to offer.

What we see over and over in patients suffering from the negative effects from “shadow of the object” is an emotional state, a narcissistic state, an adversarial state that promotes destruction and aggression from their needs not being met. It is my interest in this topic and the physical and sexual abuse that has been present in so many peoples lives, especially women. The physical and sexual abuse, not only of women and children, but also the sexual abuse that can be found in homosexual and transgender cases. It is my hope to illuminate the very real threat that exists in our community and which I believe may proliferate with the United Health Care Act and unethical treatment done with electro-magnetic frequency waves.

*All quotes from Rene Roussillon, The Deconstruction of Primary Narcissism

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