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From The CriticsReviewer: Patricia E. Murphy, PhD(Rush University Medical Center)
Description: The author provides a comprehensive review of personality disorder with an eclectic method of treatment framed in a well organized structure. Individual chapters spell out aspects of the method.
Purpose: With practitioners using different methods of treating personality disorder over the past several years, the author proposes a practical approach to treatment which incorporates these methods with an insistence on empirical evidence for the efficacy of techniques.
Audience: The author has been one of the foremost theoreticians and practitioners in this field for several decades. The clarity and style of the book is well suited to his targeted audience of practitioners and trainees in the field of mental health.
Features: With an understanding of the importance of etiology to treatment, the book presents a concise summary of psychoanalytic, cognitive, interpersonal, normal personality theory, and biological approaches to the development of personality disorder. Keeping in mind that treatment means helping the person adapt to personality rather than change, the author clearly describes interventions that can focus on the individual patient's needs and help organize a plan of action for the clinician, given the somewhat unstable presentation of the patient from session to session. A description of stages of changes offers the clinician some hope for progress.
Assessment: This offering on the topic of personality disorder stands above other books on the subject. The author's vast knowledge allows him to present a brilliant synthesis with great clarity. The skill with which he organizes material makes it easy to retain and integrate into practice.