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Narcissistic Fantasies in Film and Fiction: Masters of the Universe, by Ilany Kogan, Abingdon & New York, 2020, 161 pp.

Narcissistic Fantasies in Film and Fiction: Masters of the Universe, by Ilany Kogan, Abingdon &... The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2021 2021 Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 0002-9548/21 www.palgrave.com/journals Book Review Narcissistic Fantasies in Film and Fiction: Masters of the Universe, by Ilany Kogan, Abingdon & New York, 2020, 161 pp. A main psychological developmental process, from birth onwards, consists in the gradual abandonment of our original narcissistic omnipotence. Babies, who are at first entirely dependent on those caring for them, feel overwhelmed by primary needs such as being fed, being kept warm, being touched and hugged, being looked at and talked to. These needs have to be met without delay, as tolerance of frustration is at this early stage minimal. As, inevitably, the environment will fail to always provide immediately or satisfactorily what is required, babies will have to find ways of coping with their disappointments for instance, by ‘‘hallucinating’’ the feeding breast or replacing it auto- erotically by sucking their fingers. Such solutions, however, have only limited effectiveness and only serve as stop-gaps before the child’s needs are properly satisfied. Gradually, the original sense of narcissism (His Majesty the Baby at the Centre of the World) and of omnipotence (I Can Get Everything I Want, Whenever I Want It) give way http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Journal of Psychoanalysis Springer Journals

Narcissistic Fantasies in Film and Fiction: Masters of the Universe, by Ilany Kogan, Abingdon & New York, 2020, 161 pp.

The American Journal of Psychoanalysis , Volume OnlineFirst – Oct 21, 2021

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Copyright © Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 2021
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0002-9548
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The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2021 2021 Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 0002-9548/21 www.palgrave.com/journals Book Review Narcissistic Fantasies in Film and Fiction: Masters of the Universe, by Ilany Kogan, Abingdon & New York, 2020, 161 pp. A main psychological developmental process, from birth onwards, consists in the gradual abandonment of our original narcissistic omnipotence. Babies, who are at first entirely dependent on those caring for them, feel overwhelmed by primary needs such as being fed, being kept warm, being touched and hugged, being looked at and talked to. These needs have to be met without delay, as tolerance of frustration is at this early stage minimal. As, inevitably, the environment will fail to always provide immediately or satisfactorily what is required, babies will have to find ways of coping with their disappointments for instance, by ‘‘hallucinating’’ the feeding breast or replacing it auto- erotically by sucking their fingers. Such solutions, however, have only limited effectiveness and only serve as stop-gaps before the child’s needs are properly satisfied. Gradually, the original sense of narcissism (His Majesty the Baby at the Centre of the World) and of omnipotence (I Can Get Everything I Want, Whenever I Want It) give way

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The American Journal of PsychoanalysisSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 21, 2021

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