Excerpt About Grandiose Self
Essential Identity Arising as the Grandiose Self in the Practicing PeriodWhat Kohut and others call the grandiose self is actually the Essential Identity, or more accurately, the condition of the soul as it is patterned by the Essential Identity in the practicing period. We hasten to clarify that this normal grandiose self of the practicing period is not the same as the grandiose self of the narcissistic adult. The latter is a psychic structure, not an essential Presence. So where does the narcissistic grandiose self come from? It is an imitation of the Essential Identity, a fake "shell" which develops around the end of the practicing period and the beginning of the rapprochement subphase.