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Errant Selves by Arnold I. Goldberg

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The Case of Peter Stone

A Case of Compulsive Masturbation

This clinical report illustrates the treatment of a man with a narcissistic behavior disorder at the healthier end of the spectrum. Peter Stone used compulsive, ritualized masturbation accompanied by a preoccupation with pornography that displayed women with large breasts. Images of women on paper, on celluloid, or in his mind’s eye were required to arouse him. A stable mirroring selfobject transference developed in the course of his analysis and his symptoms were experienced in the vicissitudes and working through of this transference. With increased internal structure and integration, Stone’s symptoms diminished, reappearing only when the selfobject functions of the analyst ...

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