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The San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group This is the home page of the control-mastery group, and lists events, classes, case conferences, a complete bibliography, etc., etc. There are also some theoretical articles, information on the group's low-fee clinic, and membership information.

Writings of the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group This site is dedicated to the writings of the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group, and is a major resource for the group's publications. A large number of articles by control-mastery authors may be found here.

Books on Control-Mastery Theory:

How Psychotherapy Works: Process and Technique. Joseph Weiss. New York: Guilford Press, 1993. A highly readable introduction to the theory by its originator. The book is intended for psychotherapists, but Weiss' informal style and lack of jargon make it accessible to the layperson as well.

Imaginary Crimes: Why You Punish Yourself and How to Stop. Lewis Engel and Tom Ferguson. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1990. Intended for the layperson, the authors discuss the importance of unrecognized guilt as a major cause of unhappiness.

The Psychoanalytic Process: Theory, Clinical Observations, and Empirical Research. Joseph Weiss, Harold Sampson, and The Mount Zion Psychotherapy Research Group. New York: Guilford Press, 1986. Intended for professionals, this book is a major work. It is a complete presentation of the principles and theoretical structure of control-mastery theory, as well as the empirical foundation for the theory provided by the group's research.

Why You Behave in Ways You Hate: And What You Can Do About It. Irwin Gootnick. Roseville, Ca.: Penmarin Books, 1997. A layperson's introduction to some aspects of the theory.

Transformative Relationships: The Control-Mastery Theory of Psychotherapy. Silberschatz, G., ed. (2005). New York: Routledge. An excellent current introduction to the theory. Case examples, theoretical discussions, assessment techniques, and research support.

Books on Narcissism:

Trapped in the Mirror. Elan Golomb. New York: Morrow, 1992. This is a book about narcissism that has several excellent chapters describing a variety of narcissistic parent-child relationships. I recommend it to many of my patients to help them better understand their parents and the origin of their psychological difficulties.

The Narcissistic Family: Diagnosis and Treatment. Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman and Robert M. Pressman. New York, Jason Aronson, International Universities Press.

The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists. Eleanor D. Payson, MSW.

Many other self-help books are available by searching booksellers' websites for "narcissism."
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