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Personality Disorders in Modern Life, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-23734-1
624 pages
August 2004, ©2004
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A revision of the leading textbook on personality disorders by renowned expert Theodore Millon

"Personalities are like impressionistic paintings. At a distance, each person is 'all of a piece'; up close, each is a bewildering complexity of moods, cognitions, and motives."
-Theodore Millon

Exploring the continuum from normal personality traits to the diagnosis and treatment of severe cases of personality disorders, Personality Disorders in Modern Life, Second Edition is unique in its coverage of both important historical figures and contemporary theorists in the field. Its content spans all the major disorders-Antisocial, Avoidant, Depressive, Compulsive, Histrionic, Narcissistic, Paranoid, Schizoid, and Borderline-as well as their many subtypes. Attention to detail and in-depth discussion of the subtleties involved in these debilitating personality disorders make this book an ideal companion to the DSM-IV(TM).

Fully updated with the latest research and theory, this important text features:

  • Discussion of the distinctive clinical features and developmental roots of personality disorders
  • Balanced coverage of the major theoretical perspectives-biological, psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive, and evolutionary
  • Individual chapters on all DSM-IV(TM) personality disorders and their several subtypes and mixtures
  • Case studies throughout the text that bring to life the many faces of these disorders

Including a new assessment section that singles out behavioral indicators considered to have positive predictive power for the disorders, this Second Edition also includes a special focus on developmental, gender, and cultural issues specific to each disorder. A comprehensive reference suitable for today's practitioners, Personality Disorders in Modern Life, Second Edition features a clear style that also makes it a valuable resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. The most thorough book of its kind, this Second Edition is a powerful, practical resource for all trainees and professionals in key mental health fields, such as psychology, social work, and nursing.

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CHAPTER1 PERSONALITY DISORDERS: CLASSICAL FOUNDATIONS 1

Abnormal Behavior and Personality 3

Early Perspectives on the Personality Disorders 14

The Biological Perspective 17

The Psychodynamic Perspective 22

Summary 35

CHAPTER2 PERSONALITY DISORDERS: CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES 38

The Interpersonal Perspective 39

The Cognitive Perspective 48

Trait and Factorial Perspectives 54

The Evolutionary-Neurodevelopmental Perspective 57

Summary 72

CHAPTER3 DEVELOPMENT OF PERSONALITY DISORDERS 74

On the Interactive Nature of Developmental Pathogenesis 77

Pathogenic Biological Factors 78

Pathogenic Experiential History 88

Sources of Pathogenic Learning 90

Continuity of Early Learnings 101

Sociocultural Influences 112

Summary 116

CHAPTER4 ASSESSMENT AND THERAPY OF THE PERSONALITY DISORDERS 117

The Assessment of Personality 118

Psychotherapy of the Personality Disorders 134

Summary 147

CHAPTER5 THE ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY 150

From Normality to Abnormality 155

Variations of the Antisocial Personality 158

Early Historical Forerunners 161

The Biological Perspective 162

The Psychodynamic Perspective 166

The Interpersonal Perspective 168

The Cognitive Perspective 172

The Evolutionary-Neurodevelopmental Perspective 175

Therapy 182

Summary 184

CHAPTER6 THE AVOIDANT PERSONALITY 187

From Normality to Abnormality 191

Variations of the Avoidant Personality 193

Early Historical Forerunners 198

The Biological Perspective 198

The Psychodynamic Perspective 201

The Interpersonal Perspective 203

The Cognitive Perspective 206

The Evolutionary-Neurodevelopmental Perspective 210

Therapy 217

Summary 220

CHAPTER7 THE OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE PERSONALITY 223

From Normality to Abnormality 227

Variations of the Compulsive Personality 229

Early Historical Forerunners 235

The Psychodynamic Perspective 236

The Interpersonal Perspective 240

The Cognitive Perspective 244

The Evolutionary-Neurodevelopmental Perspective 247

Therapy 255

Summary 257

CHAPTER8 THE DEPENDENT PERSONALITY 259

From Normality to Abnormality 263

Variations of the Dependent Personality 265

Early Historical Forerunners 268

The Psychodynamic Perspective 270

The Interpersonal Perspective 273

The Cognitive Perspective 275

The Evolutionary-Neurodevelopmental Perspective 278

Therapy 284

Summary 289

CHAPTER9 THE HISTRIONIC PERSONALITY 292

From Normality to Abnormality 295

Variations of the Histrionic Personality 297

Early Historical Forerunners 301

The Biological Perspective 302

The Psychodynamic Perspective 304

The Interpersonal Perspective 311

The Cognitive Perspective 315

The Evolutionary-Neurodevelopmental Perspective 318

Therapy 324

Summary 327

CHAPTER 10 THE NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY 330

From Normality to Abnormality 333

Variations of the Narcissistic Personality 337

Early Historical Forerunners 342

The Biological Perspective 343

The Psychodynamic Perspective 343

The Interpersonal Perspective 349

The Cognitive Perspective 355

The Evolutionary-Neurodevelopmental Perspective 358

Therapy 366

Summary 369

CHAPTER 11 THE SCHIZOID PERSONALITY 371

From Normality to Abnormality 376

Variations of the Schizoid Personality 377

The Biological Perspective 380

The Psychodynamic Perspective 383

The Interpersonal Perspective 386

The Cognitive Perspective 390

The Evolutionary-Neurodevelopmental Perspective 392

Therapy 398

Summary 401

CHAPTER 12 THE SCHIZOTYPAL PERSONALITY 403

From Normality to Abnormality 408

Variations of the Schizotypal Personality 409

Early Historical Forerunners 412

The Biological Perspective 414

The Psychodynamic Perspective 416

The Interpersonal Perspective 419

The Cognitive Perspective 423

The Evolutionary-Neurodevelopmental Perspective 425

Therapy 430

Summary 433

CHAPTER 13 THE PARANOID PERSONALITY 435

From Normality to Abnormality 439

Variations of the Paranoid Personality 442

Early Historical Forerunners 445

The Biological Perspective 448

The Psychodynamic Perspective 449

The Interpersonal Perspective 455

The Cognitive Perspective 458

The Evolutionary-Neurodevelopmental Perspective 463

Therapy 471

Summary 475

CHAPTER 14 THE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY 477

From Normality to Abnormality 481

Variations of the Borderline Personality 482

The Biological Perspective 488

The Psychodynamic Perspective 490

The Interpersonal Perspective 495

The Cognitive Perspective 502

The Evolutionary-Neurodevelopmental Perspective 505

Therapy 511

Summary 516

CHAPTER 15 PERSONALITY DISORDERS FROM THE APPENDICES OF DSM-III-R AND DSM-IV 519

The Self-Defeating (Masochistic) Personality 520

The Sadistic Personality 530

The Depressive Personality 539

The Negativistic (Passive-Aggressive) Personality 548

Summary 558

References 561

Author Index 583

Subject Index 593

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Theodore Millon, PhD, DSc, is one of the world’s leading authorities on personality disorders. Developer of the widely used Millon personality assessment inventories, he has been the editor of the Journal of Personality Disorders, President of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, and a key member of the DSM-III and DSM-IV committees on personality disorders.

Seth Grossman, PsyD, is a codeveloper of several personality inventories, and coauthor of numerous theoretical, research, and clinical papers with Dr. Millon.

Carrie Millon, PhD, is former EAP director of the University of Miami and currently Associate Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies of Personology and Psychopathology (IASPP).

Sarah Meagher, PhD, is a research clinician practicing health psychology in the behavior medicine programs of Kaiser Permanente mental health services in California.

Rowena Ramnath, PsyD, is a research associate at IASPP and specializes in forensic psychology and Internet addiction.

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  • Updated to include the latest research in personality disorders.
  • Expanded coverage of gender and cultural implications of the disorders.
  • New sections on assessment in every chapter.
  • New coverage of the developmental issues of Personality Disorders.
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