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Moderating Severe Personality Disorders: A Personalized Psychotherapy Approach

Moderating Severe Personality Disorders: A Personalized Psychotherapy Approach

Theodore Millon, Seth D. Grossman

ISBN: 978-0-470-12760-5

Apr 2007

360 pages



A revolutionary, personalized psychotherapy approach for the treatment of Axis II personality disorders, by renowned expert Dr. Theodore Millon

Acknowledging the primacy of the whole person, Moderating Severe Personality Disorders: A Personalized Psychotherapy Approach takes into account all of the complexities of human nature - family influences, culture, neurobiological processes, unconscious memories, and so on--illustrating that no part of human nature should lie outside the scope of a clinician's regard.

Part of a three book series, this book provides you with a unique combination of conceptual background and step-by-step practical advice to guide your treatment of Axis II personality disorders.

Detailed case studies are provided throughout the text to illustrate the strategies of personalized psychotherapy for:

  • Retiring/Schizoid Personality Patterns
  • Shy/Avoidant Personality Patterns
  • Pessimistic/Depressive Personality Patterns
  • Aggrieved/Masochistic Personality Patterns
  • Eccentric/Schizotypal Personality Patterns
  • Capricious/Borderline Personality Patterns
Destined to become an essential reference for trainees and professionals, this book makes a revolutionary call to return therapy to the natural reality of each patient's life, seamlessly guiding you in understanding the personality and treatment of the whole, unique, yet complex person.

Preface ix

Part One

CHAPTER 1 Personalized Psychotherapy: A Recapitulation 3

Part Two

CHAPTER 2 Personalized Therapy for the Retiring/Schizoid Personality Patterns 51

CHAPTER 3 Personalized Therapy for the Shy/Avoidant Personality Patterns 85

CHAPTER 4 Personalized Therapy for the Pessimistic/Depressive Personality Patterns 123

CHAPTER 5 Personalized Therapy for the Aggrieved/Masochistic Personality Patterns 159

CHAPTER 6 Personalized Therapy for the Eccentric/Schizotypal Personality Patterns 195

CHAPTER 7 Personalized Therapy for the Capricious/Borderline Personality Patterns 225

CHAPTER 8 Personalized Therapy for the Suspicious/Paranoid Personality Patterns 271

References 313

Index 335

""…deals with the more severely impaired patients such as those with borderline personality disorder….excellent examples of the Millonian writing style that will be familiar to his many readers…highly structured, well organized, yet quite readable, offering well-reasoned logic as well as wonderful case examples. The descriptions of the various personality disorders and their subtypes must compete for the absolute best characterizations of those disorders available in the clinical literature. Those descriptions alone are worth the price of these paperback books."" (PsycCRITIQUES, 7/30/08)
•  Eases inclusion of personality considerations now considered a critical component of good care, into treatment plans.

•  Inclusion of both conceptual and practical material provides an all-in-one resource for clinicians.

•  Includes many case studies to illuminate strategies.