Working with Traits: Psychotherapy of Personality Disorders / Edition 1

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Overview

A person's traits are strongly influenced by genetic factors and do not undergo radical change over the individual's lifetime. Therefore, the therapist needs to work with them, so as to help patients make use of their underlying personality characteristics in a more adaptive way.

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Martha Stark
In his latest work, Dr. Joel Paris offers a practical guide to working with a particularly difficult patient population—the personality-disordered. Drawing upon his years of experience as both clinician and researcher, Paris advances the compelling idea that it is not pathogenic childhood experience that gives rise to personality disorders but maladaptive 'amplification' of personality traits. He goes on to advocate a fairly aggressive therapeutic approach that ingeniously combines psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral principles. Paris then presents a number of down-to-earth clinical vignettes that satisfyingly demonstrate the translation of his theory into actual practice. With this carefully crafted, incisively written book, Paris makes an original contribution to the field of working with personality-challenged patients.
Allen Frances
A master clinician shares his wisdom on how best to treat some of our most difficult patients.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765700964
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Paris, M.D., is professor of psychiatry at McGill University.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Nature of Personality 1
2 The Origins of Personality Disorders 17
3 Research Data on Treatment Effectiveness 31
4 Working with Traits in Therapy 53
5 Borderline Personality Disorder 75
6 Narcissistic Personality Disorder 119
7 Histrionic Personality Disorder 153
8 Avoidant and Dependent Personality Disorders 173
9 Compulsive Personality Disorder 189
10 Summary and Conclusions 207
References 219
Index 239
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