Understanding Personality Disorders: An Introduction

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Overview

Misdiagnosed, misunderstood and oftentimes entirely overlooked, the obscurity surrounding personality disorders can debilitate as much as the disorders themselves. Using case study examples throughout, this book illustrates the nature and reality of personality disorders and how they play out in the daily lives of those living with them as well as their family members, coworkers, and friends. By explaining the warning signs along with how such disorders might develop, Dobbert demonstrates how personality disorders can be effectively addressed and treated. Distinguishing between the accepted psychological criteria for disorders and the everyday upsets that some might wrongfully determine to be personality disorders, he carefully outlines the contours of such disorders and how to recognize and address them when they arise. In accessible style, Dobbert offers the reader a clear, succinct, and careful overview of the various disorders and what they mean for all those affected by them.
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Editorial Reviews

Suite101.Com
[B]ursting with information, Dr. Duane Dobbert's new book is a winner as a brief but comprehensive reference....This new book is an important reference manual in helping the professional and the layperson better understand PDs. Dobbert does two particularly useful things with this book: interprets DSM criteria and presents case study scenarios....This book is a reference manual with illustrative case studies. If you find that you are frequently looking up information on Personality Disorders, it is worth owning, and, since PDs often travel in groups, an individual can show symptoms of more than one type. It is nice to have one book that covers them all.
Scitech Book News
Writing for general readers, Dobbert explains the nature of personality disorders, then details 11 specific disorders. He uses scenarios of situations common to people with personality disorders to point out warning signs, and to explain how such disorders develop and how they can be successfully addressed.
Choice
Dobbert has written a useful and easy-to-read text on personality disorders, which are often misunderstood, misdiagnosed, or ignored completely. The introduction is brief, to the point, and right on target: by outlining the significant differences between personality disorders and other disorder categories, the author helps the reader place such disorders within the full range of human behavior. Dobbert incorporates criteria from the DSM-IV-TR, thus providing a useful comparison of symptoms to diagnostic criteria within the manual. This reader's main concern is the tendency for readers to find described disorders around every corner or in every friend, acquaintance, or family member. However, Dobbert focuses clearly on the criteria and the enduring nature of these disorders, and so does the best he can to ensure that the reader does not fall victim to this version of medical student syndrome. Those studying or engaged in counseling, clinical work, or social work will find this book valuable. Recommended. Graduate students and professionals.
The Bookwatch
An excellent survey highly recommended as an authoritative introduction for all walks of life.
CHOICE
Dobbert has written a useful and easy-to-read text on personality disorders, which are often misunderstood, misdiagnosed, or ignored completely. The introduction is brief, to the point, and right on target: by outlining the significant differences between personality disorders and other disorder categories, the author helps the reader place such disorders within the full range of human behavior. Dobbert incorporates criteria from the DSM-IV-TR, thus providing a useful comparison of symptoms to diagnostic criteria within the manual. This reader's main concern is the tendency for readers to find described disorders around every corner or in every friend, acquaintance, or family member. However, Dobbert focuses clearly on the criteria and the enduring nature of these disorders, and so does the best he can to ensure that the reader does not fall victim to this version of medical student syndrome. Those studying or engaged in counseling, clinical work, or social work will find this book valuable. Recommended. Graduate students and professionals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442206960
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 796,955
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Duane L. Dobbert, Ph.D, is a 40-year veteran of the Criminal Justice profession; serving in clinical, administrative, expert witness, educational, research, publishing, and consulting capacities. He is a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners International and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Specialties. His 2004 book, Halting the Sexual Predators Among Us has received national and international recognition and is the clinical perspective utilized in CARTs (Child Abduction Response Team) in the United States and the Florida School Bus Driver training initiative; School Bus Drivers: The 1st line of Defense against Sexual Predators. Dr. Dobbert is also the author of Psychopathy, Perversion, and Lust Homicide. Dr. Dobbert is Professor and Coordinator of Criminal Forensic Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft, Myers, Florida.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Introduction to the Personality Disorders 1

2 Paranoid Personality Disorder 9

3 Schizoid Personality Disorder 17

4 Schizotypal Personality Disorder 23

5 Conduct Disorder 31

6 Antisocial Personality Disorder 49

7 Borderline Personality Disorder 63

8 Histrionic Personality Disorder 73

9 Narcissistic Personality Disorder 87

10 Avoidant Personality Disorder 105

11 Dependent Personality Disorder 115

12 Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) 123

Conclusion: Severity, Comorbidity, and Blend 131

Appendix: Theoretical Perspectives 133

Bibliography 141

Index 147

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    A clear and simple introduction but inaccurate in places

    This book was suggested to me as an introduction to Personality Disorder typology by someone who had not read it. At first glance it appears to be a useful, clearly written, description of how people with PDs behave but that is about as far as it goes. It lacks any real understanding of the driving force and motivation of people with PDs and the necessary distinction between some of them - Histrionic and Narcissistic disorders seem too similar in style for diagnosis for eg. It would seem that Dobbert does not have sufficient depth of understanding to appreciate the workings of disorders and so whilst it may be useful as an introduction for lay people, the title of the book seems very misleading.

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