Fatal Flaws: Navigating Destructive Relationships With People With Disorders of Personality and Character

Fatal Flaws: Navigating Destructive Relationships With People With Disorders of Personality and Character

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by Stuart C. Yudofsky
     
 

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Part psychiatric textbook and part self-help manual for patients and clients, Fatal Flaws reviews comprehensively the course, treatment, genetics, biology, psychology, and destructive consequences of hysterical (histrionic), narcissistic, antisocial, paranoid, obsessive-compulsive, addictive, borderline, and schizotypal personality disorders.

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Part psychiatric textbook and part self-help manual for patients and clients, Fatal Flaws reviews comprehensively the course, treatment, genetics, biology, psychology, and destructive consequences of hysterical (histrionic), narcissistic, antisocial, paranoid, obsessive-compulsive, addictive, borderline, and schizotypal personality disorders.

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Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

[Fatal Flaws] is readable, thorough, and unique practical sharing of the author's and the mentors' wisdom regarding personality disorders of all types delineated in the DSM-IV.

PsycCRITIQUES

Fatal Flaws is a well-written, accessible guide for understanding personality disorders. Its discussion of symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment is thorough enough to serve as guide for mental health practitioners in training, yet the case studies and guidelines are practical and useful for the layperson who is in a relationship with someone with a personality disorder.

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Reviewer: Patricia E. Murphy, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: Using 30 years of experience as a successful therapist in the psychoanalytic tradition, the author provides rich information about personality disorders through cases that illustrate symptoms and treatment.
Purpose: The book is hard to put down, attesting to the author's achievement of his goal of providing information about persons with these disorders in a clear and interesting way.
Audience: The style of the book lends itself well to the targeted audience of those who are beginning or are in training to provide therapy for persons with personality disorders as well as for patients themselves or their families who want a better understanding of these "flaws."
Features: Each chapter on a specific disorder provides both biological and psychodynamic explanations of the origin of problems of a fictitious patient. Plenty of information depicts how the person interacts at work, with a spouse, and with children. Although the title "Fatal Flaws" sounds a bit pessimistic, the author wants to highlight the fact that if a person is unwilling to address symptoms in treatment, there are serious limitations to relationships. The material includes ways for the reader to recognize these limits and to take important self-protective steps.
Assessment: The experience and expertise of the author makes this a worthwhile bookz' for persons who are in a setting that calls for or allows psychodynamic treatment. It could also be instructional for those who use other methods in therapy. A value of the book is its inclusion of what is currently known about biology and genetics related to the disorders addressed. The author's inclusion of research does not address information about outcome-based studies to support his contention of the efficacy of his methods. His claim that only a therapist with no affiliation with organized religion can effectively treat spiritual issues of patients might also be checked against research on the topic. The reader will enjoy time spent with this book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585626588
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/02/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
694,363
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Nada L Stotland

From psychoanalysis to neurotransmitters, from underlying causes to practical applications, this unique volume will help the health care community and the public understand a group of mental disorders that inflict untold pain on those who suffer from them, untold frustration on their health care professionals, and untold damage on their families, friends, and business associates. Many books can enlighten; this engrossing work can also save families, careers, and lives.

Rabbi Samuel Egal Karff

Fatal Flaws was fascinating to read, especially the detailed and beautifully written portrait of Shelby Fairmont. Dr. Yudofsky enables the reader to be an unseen observer of the therapeutic process in the hands of a colorful patient and an extraordinarily gifted psychiatrist. He has given the best description I have seen of the anatomy of healing. The book should be of value and interest to a wide range of readers. It should certainly be must reading for anyone entering the field and for those whose lives are enmeshed in any of the destructive relationships Dr. Yudofsky describes and analyzes so superbly.

Samuel Egal Karff
Fatal Flaws was fascinating to read, especially the detailed and beautifully written portrait of Shelby Fairmont. Dr. Yudofsky enables the reader to be an unseen observer of the therapeutic process in the hands of a colorful patient and an extraordinarily gifted psychiatrist. He has given the best description I have seen of the anatomy of healing. The book should be of value and interest to a wide range of readers. It should certainly be must reading for anyone entering the field and for those whose lives are enmeshed in any of the destructive relationships Dr. Yudofsky describes and analyzes so superbly.(Congregation Beth Israel, Houston, Texas)
Jim Rojas

I recommend Fatal Flaws to anyone attempting to understand some of the devastating experiences they have had in the past, or may be going through at present. It is certainly a wonderful starting point for a general study of personality disorders. I greatly appreciate Dr. Yudofsky's hard work and his effort to make it readable for the general public. Many of my psychology students have expressed an interest in moving on to a career that involves psychology or psychiatry. Much of this has to do with expert authors who help make the course better by providing people like me with the ammunition to better equip these young people.

Niloo M. Edwards

Fatal Flaws is wonderfully educational and well written. I have also convinced 4 others including Department Chairs, administrators, etc. to buy copies. I realize that it was probably not Dr. Yudofsky's intent to have the book read as an aid to administration, however often we have steered away from personal relationships with individuals with these types of problems, but cannot do so in the work place.

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