Distancing: A Guide to Avoidance and Avoidant Personality Disorder

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While it is not surprising that in today's world avoidance (or distancing) has become so widespread that people assign greater importance to their possessions than their relationships, what is surprising is the extent to which avoidance has been overlooked, misunderstood, and/or downplayed. This book provides an in-depth look at avoidance and Avoidant Personality disorder (APD). The author studies the avoidant in the real world and habitat and evolves a dedicated, eclectic, action-oriented therapeutic approach. ...

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Overview

While it is not surprising that in today's world avoidance (or distancing) has become so widespread that people assign greater importance to their possessions than their relationships, what is surprising is the extent to which avoidance has been overlooked, misunderstood, and/or downplayed. This book provides an in-depth look at avoidance and Avoidant Personality disorder (APD). The author studies the avoidant in the real world and habitat and evolves a dedicated, eclectic, action-oriented therapeutic approach. Kantor believes it is important to move away from individual components of avoidance, such as fear of rejection or low self-esteem, and to study and treat the avoidant gestalt for which the proper treatment is avoidance reduction. Components of the psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, and supportive approaches that involve doing or action, are emphasized.

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Psychiatrist Kantor provides an in-depth look at avoidance and Avoidant Personality Disorder (APD), supplementing material gleaned from the avoidant in the therapist's office, on the structured psychological test, and in the research lab with a study of the avoidant in everyday life-- doing real avoidant things, unaware of being studied--and develops an eclectic, action-oriented therapeutic approach to the avoidant/APD patient. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275944087
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/1993
  • Pages: 200
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.86 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

MARTIN KANTOR is a Psychiatrist on the staff of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Medical Center, East Orange, NJ.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Description and Dynamics
1 Why Has Avoidant Personality Disorder Received so Little Attention? 3
2 The Literature 9
3 Descriptive Mental Status 23
4 Dynamics of Avoidance 39
5 Late APD 53
6 Preferential Avoidance 63
7 Avoidant People 69
8 Sociocultural Manifestations 77
Pt. II The Contribution of Avoidance to Other Disorders
9 Psychotic Spectrum Avoidance 81
10 Neurotic Spectrum Avoidance 91
11 Characterological Spectrum Avoidance 111
Pt. III Therapy
12 Features of Avoidance Reduction 129
13 Establishing Goals 135
14 Specific Techniques of Avoidance Reduction 139
15 Therapeutic Errors 153
16 Direct Advice to the Avoidant 163
References 173
Index 177
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