Kernberg, Otto

Otto F. Kernberg (1928– ), best known for his work in object relations and its relationship to personality disorders, primarily borderline personality disorder and narcissism, was born on September 10, 1928, in Vienna, Austria. His family fled Nazi Germany in 1939 and emigrated to Chile. His education in Chile included biology and psychology, with the intent of becoming a psychiatrist. He graduated from the Universidad de Chile medical school in 1953. He first came to the United States in 1959 to study with Jerome Frank at Johns Hopkins Hospital and emigrated in 1961 to join the C. F. Menninger Memorial Hospital, where he was director of Psychotherapy Research at the Menninger Foundation. During that time, he worked as supervising and training analyst at the ...

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