Search for the Real Self: Unmasking the Personality Disorders of Our Age

Search for the Real Self: Unmasking the Personality Disorders of Our Age

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by James F. Masterson
     
 

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From the authoritative expert in personality disorders, Search for the Real Self is a thorough dissection of how one’s real self is developed, how it relates to the outer world, and how personality disorders are understood and treated in our modern society.

Personality disorders—borderline, narcissistic, and schizoid—have become the

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From the authoritative expert in personality disorders, Search for the Real Self is a thorough dissection of how one’s real self is developed, how it relates to the outer world, and how personality disorders are understood and treated in our modern society.

Personality disorders—borderline, narcissistic, and schizoid—have become the classic psychological disorders of our age. Outwardly successful, charming and powerful, personality-disordered individuals have long confounded their colleagues, family, lovers and employees—as well as mental health professionals. The author helps the reader understand them. After describing how the healthy real self develops and functions, he explains what can go wrong. Drawing on case histories, he shows how the false self behaves in relationships and on the job, and then delineates appropriate treatments, offering real hope for cure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780029202920
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
03/01/1990
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
622,660
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

A prominent psychiatrist, James F. Masterson was born in Pennsylvania and educated at the University of Notre Dame and Jefferson Medical College. As a psychiatrist, Masterson became an authority on the treatment of personality disorders. He founded the Masterson Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in 1977 and he wrote seven influential texts during his career. He died in 2010.

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Search for the Real Self: Unmasking the Personality Disorders of Our Age 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chose to read this book after reading Will I Ever Be Good Enough, which quoted this book various times.. Good insight into family influences in healthy/unhealthy developemental growth. A good choice for practioners working in the mental health field
Guest More than 1 year ago
Masterson may be on to something in the title of this book (as was Lasch). A hundred years from now, 'personality disorders' may be thought of as a cultural artefact, the product of mass delusions. That the book tackles an enormous range of human behaviour under the same clinical heading weakens its usefulness. Still, it is an interesting tour de horizon of personality disorders, the functions of the False Self, and the ways to revive, nourish, sustain, and 're-activate' the dilapidated True Self (rarely successfully - something the book cheerfully omits to mention). Sam Vaknin, author of 'Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited'.