East of Ego: The Intersection of Narcissistic Personality and Buddhist Practice
Journal of Religion and Health
Short Title: East of Ego
Format: Journal Article
Library/Archive: Copyright © 2007 Springer
Sources ID: 21876
Zotero Collections: Contexts of Contemplation Project, Contemplation by Applied Subject, Psychology and Contemplation, Science and Contemplation
This article explores the intersection of clinical narcissism and Buddhist meditation practice. Through the lens of Otto Kernberg and Heinz Kohut's theories of narcissism, the article investigates the many facets of Eastern spiritual practice when undertaken by a narcissistic practitioner. In particular, questions are raised regarding the potential psychological dangers of pursuing meditation practice when suffering from clinical narcissism. Potential applications for a cross-pollination of psychoanalytic support and Buddhist practice are also considered for the narcissistic patient and/or spiritual practitioner.