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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Benjamin Raatjes, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: After a summary of some basic principles of object relations theory, attachment theory, and neurobiology, this book discusses the possibility of combining clinical experience with more standardized measures when assessing personality pathology and explores therapeutic techniques applying these concepts.
Purpose: The purpose is to reexamine psychodynamic treatments, keeping in mind recent studies suggesting their effectiveness in the treatment of personality disorders.
Audience: This book is appropriate for mental health clinicians with expertise or interest in psychodynamic concepts. Students will find the review of several aspects of therapy to be helpful. More experienced clinicians may find details in their areas of expertise lacking, although they may benefit from an overview of areas in which they have less experience.
Features: Authored by experts in their respective areas, the chapters can stand alone as a review of a particular theoretical framework or discussion of a clinical problem. Together, they give a general overview of psychodynamically oriented psychotherapy for personality disorders. Each chapter ends with a list of key clinical concepts and a small number of recommended readings. This book might benefit from a more thorough discussion of self-psychological concepts, especially in the section on narcissistic personality.
Assessment: This is a useful book that provides an overview of key clinical concepts, reviews some areas of emerging research and interest, and suggests other books for a more detailed discussion of certain concepts. Though not exhaustive in its detail, it provides enough information to help readers generate questions that can be addressed in books with a narrower scope.