Character Styles / Edition 1

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Overview

How basic existential and developmental issues underlie the severe pathology of personality disorders and symptoms of neurosis in character styles.

Johnson shows how basic life issues underlie the severe pathology of personality disorder, the nagging symptoms of neurosis, and the more functional coping and adaptation of the character styles. Johnson’s dimensional model captures the complexity of the human personality, while allowing for variability not seen in categorical systems such as DSM-IV.
His descriptive names of the character styles not only link childhood experiences to later personality and psychopathology but also put flesh and bones on psychiatric diagnosis.

Shows how basic life issues underlie the pathology of personality disorder/symptoms of neurosis/coping & adapting.

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Some chapters have been revised from the author's earlier books, some are new--to comprise a culminating work that presents a theoretical and research-based dimensional model of personality. Johnson, a psychotherapist in private practice after 22 years in academe U. of Oregon and Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, links childhood experiences to later personality and psychopathology, describing character styles such as the hated child, the abandoned child, the owned, the used, the defeated, the exploited, and the disciplined child. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393701715
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/17/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 490,746
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen M. Johnson, Ph.D., is a professor and chair of the faculty at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Menlo Park, California. He divides his time between clinical teaching and the private practice of psychotherapy in Menlo Park and San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
I A Theory of Character Formation
1 A Characterological-Developmental Theory 3
2 Characterological Issues of Attachment and Bonding 21
3 Characterological Issues of Self-Development 35
4 Characterological Issues of the Self in the System 54
II Character Styles
5 The Hated Child: The Schizoid Experience 73
6 The Abandoned Child: The Symbiotic Withdrawal 100
7 The Owned Child: The Symbiotic Character 129
8 The Used Child: The Narcissistic Experience 155
9 The Defeated Child: Social Masochism and the Patterns of Self-Defeat 192
10 The Exploited Child: Hysterical Defenses and the Histrionic Personality 230
11 The Disciplined Child: The Obsessive-Compulsive Personality 266
A. Psychoanalytic Developmental Concepts: A Selected Glossary 293
B. Therapeutic Objectives for Each Character Structure 302
C. Content Research on Hysterical Personality 313
References 315
Index 325
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