Fatal Flaws: Navigating Destructive Relationships With People With Disorders of Personality and Character / Edition 1by Stuart C. Yudofsky
Pub. Date: 03/28/2005
Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Featuring case vignettes from nearly 30 years of Dr. Yudofsky's clinical practice and incorporating the knowledge of gifted clinicians, educators, and research scientists with whom he has collaborated throughout that time, Fatal Flaws: Navigating Destructive Relationships With People With Disorders of Personality and Character uniquely captures the rapidly
Featuring case vignettes from nearly 30 years of Dr. Yudofsky's clinical practice and incorporating the knowledge of gifted clinicians, educators, and research scientists with whom he has collaborated throughout that time, Fatal Flaws: Navigating Destructive Relationships With People With Disorders of Personality and Character uniquely captures the rapidly increasing body of clinical and research information about people with severe and persistent personality and character disorders.
Within these pages, the author brings to life the psychopathologies of personality and character disorders through vivid vignettes based on composites of his many patients and their most important relationships -- while meticulously changing the identifying facts and relevant details to protect confidentiality.
Covering the clinical course, treatment, genetics, biology, psychology, and destructive consequences of hysterical (histrionic), narcissistic, antisocial, paranoid, obsessive-compulsive, addictive, borderline, and schizotypal personality disorders, Fatal Flaws stands out in the literature for these powerful reasons: • It is written for an unusually broad audience, from mental health students and trainees of all disciplines, to highly experienced clinicians, to patients who suffer from or are in destructive relationships with people with personality disorders.• It is a hybrid -- part psychiatric textbook for clinicians and part self-help manual for patients and clients with personality and character disorders. • It is designed to supplement treatment by providing patients with practical, evidence-based information about personality disorders and character flaws.• It is particularly valuable to patients who are in psychotherapy, in part, because they are entangled in destructive relationships with people with disorders of personality and/or character.• It is written in the first person, with the author directly communicating with a patient who either has a personality or character disorder or is in an important relationship with a person who has such a disorder. • It is useful for people who are uncertain whether they or their loved ones have personality or character disorders, and who want to know more about these conditions and their treatments before making a decision about securing the help of a mental health professional.
Fatal Flaws: Navigating Destructive Relationships With People With Disorders of Personality and Character is a compelling volume that provides the essential information and a realistic sense of the clinical experience required to inform, orient, and support novice mental health professionals and seasoned practitioners alike as they face the ongoing challenges of treating patients or clients with personality or character disorders. It should also prove to be an invaluable resource for those who wish practical and effective help in understanding and changing their destructive relationships with people who have severe and persistent disorders of personality and/or character.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: what this book is about. Prologue: the dream home on shelter cove. Part I: Fatal Flaws. What are fatal flaws? Does this person have a fatal flaw? Introduction to the Fatal Flaw Scale. Nine principles of fatal flaws. Part II: Personality Disorders. Hysterical (histrionic) personality disorder. Narcissistic personality disorder, part I: untreated narcissism. Narcissistic personality disorder, part II: treated narcissism. Antisocial personality disorder. Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. Paranoid personality disorder. Borderline personality disorder. Schizotypal personality disorder. Addictive personality disorder. Part III: Conclusion. Getting help.
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This book is outstanding and has helped me and my friends tremendously. Everyone who is in a relationship or who has ever experienced relationship trouble should own this book. There should be a copy in every household.
Limited to being a 'geography' of the subject when what the lay reader wants is a 'roadmap'. The checklists and other devices used to make this book accessible --including the tabloid title,intemperate literary quotes and clinical composites that seem drawn from People Magazine-- succeed only in patronizing the lay reader. Perhaps useful to students of the author but the lay reader should be warned that this is a textbook masquerading under a tabloid title. Indeed, even the devoted student of psychodynamic treatment may question the validity and usefulness of the author's attempt to define 'deadly' flaws of personality and character, in that, without a definative position on causation of these 'flaws', the effort to define them seems to oscillate, on the spectrum of medicine and science, between triteness and tautology.
This work is tainted --moderately-- by a moralistic dimension which detracts from its psychoanalytic impact. In trying to provide useful checklists of 'flaws of personality', Dr. 'Y' crosses a line and becomes as much moralist as analyst. The reader ends feeling confused as to where science ends and moral philosophy begins. Nonetheless, 'Fatal Flaws' is well written and would make a great gift for your prospective mother-in-law or anyone living in a gated community.