The Psychopathy of Everyday Life: How Antisocial Personality Disorder Affects All of Us / Edition 1

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Is there a mild psychopath near you? Or in you? If so, what can and should you do? Find out in this riveting exploration of a personality disorder usually dismissed by the mental health profession, and never before the topic of in-depth scholarly exploration. It is comparatively easy to recognize the true, full-blown psychopaths-the Hitlers, Stalins and Gacys. But what professionals and lay people alike often do not recognize is that we are surrounded by mild psychopaths, people who do not reach the level of their infamous counterparts, yet still share some of their traits. Fifteen-time author Martin Kantor, a psychiatrist whose last work, Understanding Paranoia, also zeroed in on everyday problems, explains how to recognize, understand and cope with the mild psychopaths one encounters every day. Who are these everyday psychopaths? They are politicians who lie to get votes, swindlers who phish the Internet to steal identities, salesmen who push cars or other products they know are lemons, businessmen who dupe the public in ways that barely skirt the law, doctors who perform unnecessary surgery because they need the money. The list goes on. Some would argue that each of us must use some of the means of the mild psychopath to be successful in life. Where is the line, and what do you do when those around you cross it? The Psychopathy of Everyday Life helps you decide. Kantor spotlights and disproves widely-held beliefs about mild psychopathy, then shows us methods to deal with such people, and such traits in ourselves. His conclusions and vignettes drawn from the treatment room and from everyday life, for example, show that psychopathy is a widespread problem, not one confined to low life' people in jails, or to men and women in mental hospitals. Psychopaths are not all failures in life who could be labled either bad' or mad;' many are quite successful and held up as models. And they are not all guilt-free with no conscience; some do

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"[K]antor has taken on an important and difficult subject."



"Practitioner and author Kantor explains how to recognize, understand and cope with mild psychopaths, including politicians who lie, sales people who push bad products, Internet cruisers who are in reality identity thieves. He also helps define the difference between being a psychopath and being successful in Western society. He describes behaviors, the core personality structures, associated and overlapping disorders, social issues and successful psychopaths, causes, course of the disease and diagnosis, therapy and coping mechanisms."


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"Antisocial personality disorder (APD)—the condition one sees in the sociopath next door, the label applied by Martha Stout in her book by the same title (2005), or in mild psychopaths, as Kantor (psychiatrist, trainer of psychiatrists at various hospitals) labels them—is currently a hot topic in clinical psychology. Individuals with APD can wreak havoc on communities. These individuals are not psychopathic serial killers. Rather, these are neighbors who blast their horns at drivers who do not get moving . . . turn up their personal stereos . . . yell into their cell phones . . . rev up their motorcycles at night . . . or put their dogs to sleep because they bark too much. Kantor does a thorough job of describing mild psychopaths and their behavior while differentiating them from those with APD and other disorders. He provides a thorough examination of the etiology, personality structure, and course/prognosis of this disorder and finishes with excellent chapters on therapy with mild psychopaths and a six-step method for helping victims cope with the psychopathy of everyday life. . . . Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers."



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275987985
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

MARTIN KANTOR, M.D., is a psychiatrist who has been in private practice in Boston and New York City, and active in residency training programs at hospitals, including Massachusetts General and Beth Israel. He served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical School and as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School. He is the author of 15 books, including Understanding Paranoia: A Guide for Professionals, Families and Sufferers (Praeger, 2004); Distancing: Avoidant Personality Disorder, Revised and Expanded (Praeger, 2003); Passive-Aggression: A Guide for the Therapist, the Patient and the Victim (Praeger, 2002); and Homophobia (Praeger, 1998).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 The psychopathy of everyday life 11
Ch. 3 Behavioral manifestations 29
Ch. 4 Some psychopaths of everyday life 55
Ch. 5 A few cases 73
Ch. 6 The core personality structure 85
Ch. 7 Differential diagnosis : associated and overlapping disorders 107
Ch. 8 Social issues 123
Ch. 9 Successful psychopaths 133
Ch. 10 Cause 137
Ch. 11 Course and prognosis 153
Ch. 12 Therapy of the mild psychopath 157
Ch. 13 Coping with the psychopaths of everyday life 179
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2006

    A book you won't soon forget--incredible!

    This latest scholarly work of Dr Martin Kantor reads like a best-seller novel. He drew me in from the first page and I could not put it down! Finally I have explanations for some of the callous, hard hearted behaviors that often I see in people around me. Rich with real life examples and plenty of Dr Kantor's characteristically brilliant insight and wit, The Psychopathy of Everyday Life is a book that everyone could benefit from reading. Whether you are a therapist looking for deeper insight into the gray area of mild psychopathy to more effectively treat your patients a lay person trying to understand hurtful behaviors of the people around you or if others have identified some disturbing behaviors about you and you want to dig deeper, this book will not only enlighten, but also give you solutions, including extensive descriptions on how various individual and group therapies work for the mild psychopath. Kantor doesn't forget the everyday victims of psychopaths either. Perhaps my favorite chapter of all is the final chapter 'Coping with Psychopaths of Everyday Life'. Here the good doctor gives a six-step method that helps us to protect ourselves from the wrath of everyday psychopathic behaviors, by identifying our personal vulnerabilities and learning to stop enabling the psychopaths in our lives. This book is a must read. Give it as a gift to your therapist, to a friend who too often lets other people upset her, or to a person who could use a hint about some of their own behaviors. This book contains a wealth of information and makes a great addition to anyone's library. Highly recommended! Raeleen D'Agostino, Ph.D.

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