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The Case of Janie

A Young Woman in Passionate Pursuit

Janie’s case illustrates the dynamics of a stalking perversion in a young woman. The first half of her long analysis is described, arranged to demonstrate essential principles of technique in working with perversions. There were many other issues in her treatment that cannot be recounted in this summary. As understood within the framework of self psychology, and as described by Goldberg (1995, 1999), perversions and other narcissistic behavior disorders are diversions, distractions to avoid painful exposures of the underlying faulty self. When the behavior disorder or perversion recedes, posing less disruption to the patient’s experience of the analytic process and the selfobject ...

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