Character Disturbance: the phenomenon of our age

Character Disturbance: the phenomenon of our age

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by George K. Simon
     
 

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Modern permissiveness and the new culture of entitlement allows disturbed people to reach adulthood without proper socialization. In a book meant both for the general public and for professionals, bestselling author and psychologist George Simon explains in plain English:

•How most disturbed characters think.
•The habitual behaviors the

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Modern permissiveness and the new culture of entitlement allows disturbed people to reach adulthood without proper socialization. In a book meant both for the general public and for professionals, bestselling author and psychologist George Simon explains in plain English:

•How most disturbed characters think.
•The habitual behaviors the disturbed use to avoid responsibility and to manipulate, deceive, and exploit others.
•Why victims in relationships with disturbed characters do not get help they need from traditional therapies.
•A straightforward guide to recognizing and understanding all relevant personality types, especially those most likely to undermine relationships.
•A new framework for making sense of the crazy world many find themselves in when there's a disturbed character in their lives.
•Concrete principles that promote responsibility and positive change when engaging disturbed characters.
•Tactics (for both lay persons and therapists) to lessen the chances for victimization and empower those who would otherwise be victims in their relationships with many types of disturbed characters.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Simon (In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People) challenges traditional psychological notions by asserting that character deficiencies underlie common emotional and behavioral problems prevalent today. He suggests that established therapies may no longer be relevant and that alternative treatments based on cognitive-behavioral principles are needed. Simon compares character disorders with neurotic disturbances on various dimensions. The destructive thought patterns of his subjects are described, and common tactics they use to manipulate and avoid blame are reviewed. This paradigm is then applied to a variety of pathological figures from bullies, abusers, and molesters to the most vicious psychopaths and notorious white-collar thieves of our time. The book includes treatment vignettes employing cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and concludes with a discussion of cures for what Simon argues is a social epidemic. VERDICT This provocative book provides down-to-earth advice for therapists and victims of character-disordered persons. However, statistical support for the idea that such disorders have increased to epidemic levels and a discussion of the role of drug therapy for this group would have been useful. Part treatment guide and social commentary and part marketing tool for the author's workshops, this book is recommended for readers interested in psychology and criminology.—Antoinette Brinkman, M.L.S., Evansville, IN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935166344
Publisher:
Parkhurst Brothers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
172,414
File size:
0 MB

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