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From the Publisher"Building on Harry Stack Sullivan's thesis that interpersonal behavior rather than symptoms should provide the framework for a fruitful psychiatric diagnosis, Dr. Lorna Benjamin has developed a sophisticated system, the Structural Analysis of Social Behavior (SASB). The Interpersonal Circle on which the system is based has a longer history but Dr. Benjamin's impressive achievement is unequaled in terms of its scientific rigor, clinical penetration, and comprehensiveness. SASB has given rise to a growing body of research aimed at an improved description and classification of the personality disorders. Thus, Dr. Benjamin's system provides a powerful alternative to the DSM-III-R and the forthcoming DSM-IV. An added and singularly important virtue is its clear relevance for psychotherapy. The book will predictably have a powerful impact on psychiatric diagnosis and treatment in the coming years. It is a superb accomplishment, a true labor of love.—Hans H. Strupp, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
"Benjamin has written the right book at the right time. Whether one talks about Axis II driving Axis I, intrapersonal and interpersonal dynamics, or causal determinants, there is a consensus that a focus on patients' interpersonal behavior patterns is central to the therapeutic change process. As a result, there is a real need for clear guidelines that can be used by the practicing clinician, and that can provide the psychotherapy researcher with meaningful, testable hypotheses. Lorna Benjamin's incisive book fulfills such a need.
Using extensive clinical experience and research backing, Benjamin has masterfully translated DSM categories of personality disorders into observable, conceptually meaningful dimensions. It is indeed refreshing to read a book such as hers that is both empirically sound and clinically sophisticated. What is also particularly impressive is that the treatment implications described by Benjamin have relevance for therapists of varying orientations. Although her contribution has its roots in interpersonal theory, it has the potential to enhance the clinical work of cognitive-behavioral and experiential therapists.
This book will undoubtedly be widely read. Indeed, because of its clarity, insightfulness, and widespread relevance, this groundbreaking volume is destined to be a classic in the field."—Marvin R. Goldfried, Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook
"Lorna Benjamin's originality, depth, and clinical awareness shine. With folksy anecdotes and high scholarship, she leads readers through the rich intellectual history and psychodynamic observations from which her system for assessing social behavior has been developed. Even while her conclusions have already informed the DSM-IV personality disorders, this book clearly spells out the scientific mandate and the psychotherapeutic significance for them to become even more interpersonally anchored."—John G. Gunderson, M.D., McLean Hospital