Media Kits for Dr. Messina 

Barbie and the Great American Identity Crisis: The Unfortunate Reality of a Nation Plagued by Racism, Patriarchy, and Stark Hypocrisy

ROCKVILLE  August 29, 2023

Cascade Books is pleased to announce the publication of It’s Not Me, It’s You! How Narcissists Get What They Want and How to Stop Them, by psychoanalyst Dr. Karyne E. Messina.

Bullies, bad bosses, human traffickers, abusive domestic partners, and schoolyard bullies manipulate their victims through a sinister form of mind control known in the psychoanalytical community as projective identification and blame shifting. Many millions of Americans suffer from this kind of abuse, but they don’t have to anymore.

Escape and Healing from Toxic Relationships 

It’s Not Me, It’s You! How Narcissists Get What They Want and How To Stop Them guides readers on exiting toxic relationships and provides tangible solutions for healing from the pain. It’s Not Me will help readers realize they are not to blame and they can take steps towards a positive and healthy life lived on their own terms.

This book examines real-world situations of blame shifting and tangible solutions on making positive progress by employing the following techniques:

  • Scripted dialogues
  • Self-assessments
  • Guided journaling prompts
  • Active listening

Narcissistic relationships are found in every corner of our lives. It’s Not Me, It’s You! helps victims to finally put a name to their experiences by discovering the source of much of their suffering and how to break free of these toxic relationships.

Publication Information

  • It’s Not Me, It’s You! How Narcissists Get What They Want and How To Stop Them by Karyne Messina
  • Cascade Books 
  • 190 pages
  • ISBN 13: 978-1666738551
  • $26 (Paperback); $9.95 (Kindle) 
  • Publication date: July 31, 2023 


February 9, 2021

Psychoanalyst Dr. Karyne E. Messina can't diagnose former President Donald J. Trump. But his behavior matches what's known, in her circles, as projective identification: people who are distinctly uncomfortable with their own thoughts and actions may unconsciously try to dispose of those feeling by blaming others. Instead of taking responsibility, they project, and their victims might not even realize quite what's wrong.

Over the past four years, Donald Trump has encouraged the development of a generation of people inclined to this behavior, along with hateful identity politics and bigotry, and who no longer know how to engage in thoughtful, meaningful debate.

Rooted in psychoanalysis, Aftermath is a prescription for our country, and a guide to healing. It will take time, patience, and a willingness to take stock of our country's divergent viewpoints. We must also demand that our leaders engage in a process that incorporates a respectful way of communicating. By combatting projective identification in all its forms, Messina says, we can make progress, learn from each other, and heal the divide.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Pi Press (February 9, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 190 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1736238809
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1736238806


Misogyny, Projective Identification, and Mentalization looks at how the psychoanalytic concepts of projective identification and mentalization may explain the construction of society and how they have enabled misogyny to be expressed in social, political, and institutional settings. Karyne E. Messina explores how misogyny has affected the perception and treatment of women through analysis of a range of examples of individual women and groups.

The first part explores projective identification as a mechanism for the suppression of women, looking at the origins of the concept in psychoanalysis and its expansion. The author examines the story of Clara Thompson as an example, arguing that her virtual disappearance from the history of psychiatry and psychoanalysis itself is a telling example of this process at work. The second part of the book uses four examples of individuals, including the recent election loss by Hillary Clinton in 2016, to show that projective identification can (particularly in political and cultural settings) overtake and motivate groups as well as individuals, and lead to violence, atrocity, humiliation, and dismissal of and against women. Part three then features case studies of four groups of women from the 20th century, including victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, showing how projective identification against groups has occurred.

With specific reference to the erasure of women’s contributions in society, both individually and collectively, and the trauma that arises from the many effects of regarding women as a group as "less" or "other", this is a book which sets a new agenda for understanding how misogyny is expressed socially. Misogyny, Projective Identification, and Mentalization will be of interest to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists as well as scholars of politics, gender, and cultural studies.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Routledge; 1st edition (April 1, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 172 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0367192217
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0367192211


© 2024. Dr. Karyne Messina.  All rights reserved.

We need your consent to load the translations

We use a third-party service to translate the website content that may collect data about your activity. Please review the details in the privacy policy and accept the service to view the translations.