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Table of Contents
                            LUCIEN RENARD
The Purpose of This Study
	Conventional Definitions of Narcissism
		Overview of Chapter Two
	Narcissism and Abusive Men
Contemporary Treatment for Abusive Men
	Feminist and Cognitive Behavioral Approach
	The Development of Narcissism
		Approach to Research
	Hermeneutics Refinement
		Narrative Within Phenomenological Hermeneutics
	Research Procedure
		Selection of Research Participants. The selection of research participants involved ensuring that they met the research criteria to participate in this study. The emphasis on the criteria was on welcoming male participants who have been on a journey of transformation of narcissism and abusive behavior for at least two years and can identify and articulate the process through an interview process. Participants have experienced a transformational process and used that as an opportunity to alter their experience of narcissism.
		Interview Format. An interview procedure is adopted from Cochran’s (1975, Nixon, 1992) dramaturgical method for eliciting the stories and experiences of the participant researchers. The interview did consist of three phases in the form of a story with a beginning, middle, and end. The beginning of the interview emphasized when the participant researcher was abusive, when they began their journey of transforming narcissism, and how this transformation occurred. The middle of the interview accounts for their experiences and turning points, and the end represents what is happening for them at the present time.
		Data Analysis
		Validity of Phenomenological Hermeneutical Research.  To validate this research it is essential to focus on the two components of this research: 1) to explicate the lived experience of the co-researchers working through the process of transforming their abusive behavior and narcissism; and 2) to interpret these lived experiences. Madison (1988) notes that validity “is nothing but the harmonious unfolding and reciprocal confirmation of successive experiences” (p.15). In other words something is believed to be valid only when others readily accept it. The researcher wishes to refresh the readers memory that this research does not undertake on a process to develop a concrete theory or causal explanation for the transformation of narcissism in abusive men. Instead it is guided by the subject matter rather than methodology itself. If it were the intentions of this study and research to seek exact knowledge or casualty, clearly it would be important to apply a research methodology that is guided by the method itself (Madison, 1988). This researcher will defend his judgments and interpretations by arguing that they embody or conform to certain generally accepted criteria, norms, and principles. This will help to ensure that what I interpret is not based on my own subjectivity (Madison, 1988).
		Ethical Considerations. Prior to information gathering the research was reviewed and approved by the University of Lethbridge research ethics committee and co-researchers were given the opportunity to sign a consent form.  Prior to signing the consent form, any questions or concerns that co-researchers had were answered and addressed. The consent form indicated the aims and methods to be used, the responsibilities of both myself and the participant researchers, time commitment required to adequately participate in the study, and reassurances that there was no risks to the co-researchers. Each participant researcher was advised that they had the right to, at any time, withdraw from the research, and the researcher had the right to terminate the involvement of participant researchers at any time.
	Chapter Four: The Themes of the Co-Researchers Transformations
		Introduction of the Co-researchers
	Childhood Wounding
	Expressions of the False Self and displays of Narcissism
	“When the father-table, the ground water, drops, so to speak, and there is too little father, instead of too much father, the sons find themselves in a new situation. What do they drill for new father water, hoard it, distill mother water into father water?” (Bly, 1990, p. 93)
		The Attempted Remedy
		The Grandiose Self
		Descent: The Road of Ashes
			Shame:  The Monster at the Basement Door
				Traps of the Spiritual Path in Moving Towards Wholeness
	Limitations of this Study
		Revisiting the Implicated Researcher
	Suggestions for Further Research
Appendix A
Letter of Consent
Appendix B
Research into the Transformation of Narcissism in Abusive Men
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Appendix A

Letter of Consent
Transformation of Narcissism: What is the process of transforming Narcissism
for men who have been abusive?
Lucien Renard, Master of Science Degree in Health Science student
University of Lethbridge

You are being asked to participate in a study about the transformation of
Narcissism through self-realization: A Phenomenological Hermeneutics Approach.
The focus of the study will be on men who have been abusive and were Narcissistic
and have embraced a path of inner self-realization path towards wholeness for at least
one year. This study will involve an in-depth interview exploring your experiences
with Narcissism through to the path of self-realization from the beginning of your
journey to the present time. The purpose of the study is to illuminate the themes that
emerge throughout the journey which will help us further understand the journey of
self-realization from Narcissism to wholeness and may lead to significant theoretical
and treatment implications.
The Research will require each individual to participate in a 1-2 hour initial
interview with a follow up interview of approximately one hour. If necessary,
additional interviews may be required. Participation is voluntary and individuals who
wish to discontinue the interviews may do so at any time. If you do wish to
withdraw, all information that has been gathered up that time will be destroyed.
Participant’s responses will be kept confidential. The data collected from the
interviews will be shared only with the thesis supervisor and myself. The tapes will
be destroyed upon publication of research. To maintain anonymity, you will be
identified by a self-selected pseudonym, a copy of the transcript will be given to you
and you will be given the opportunity to delete any identifying information. The
results of this study outside of the thesis may be published in academic journals
and/or presented at conferences and/or university classes.
If you have any questions about this study, or if you would like to obtain a
copy of the research results please contact Lucien Renard at (403) 502-3988 or via
email at [email protected] Questions may also be directed towards Dr. Gary Nixon,
thesis supervisor, of the Addictions Counseling program at the University of
Lethbridge, (403) 329-2644. Questions of a more general nature may be addressed to
the Office of Research Services, University of Lethbridge, (403) 329-2747.
I have read and understand the above information an I consent to participating
in the study entitled, “Transformation of Narcissism: What is the process of
transforming Narcissism for men who have been abusive: A phenomenological
Hermeneutics Approach.

Print Name: -----------------------------Signature: ----------------------------

Date: -------------------------------------------


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