Passive-Aggression: Understanding the Sufferer, Helping the Victim, 2nd Edition

Passive-Aggression: Understanding the Sufferer, Helping the Victim, 2nd Edition

by Martin Kantor MD

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Passive Aggressive Personality Disorder (PAPD) is now recognized as a distinct personality disorder. Those who suffer from PAPD are sorely in need not only of diagnostic recognition, but also of specific therapeutic intervention. This new book from Martin Kantor speaks to therapists; guides those who interact with passive-aggressive individuals to advance their own effective coping methods based on science, understanding, and compassion; and directly addresses passive-aggressive individuals themselves.

• Presents powerful, eye-opening, and practical information for therapists, passive-aggressive individuals themselves, friends and family of passive-aggressive individuals, and on-the-job colleagues of those who treat others in a passive-aggressive manner

• Documents how the answers to three basic questions about passive-aggression are the keys to proper diagnosis, understanding causality, and providing improved therapeutic responses

• Covers a variety of treatment options and strategies—including cognitive, interpersonal, and psychoanalytic approaches as well as common transference and countertransference issues—that will aid victims of passive-aggressiveness and help passive-aggressive individuals themselves to do better

• Includes two chapters that specifically provide self-help therapy for sufferers and their victims

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440837913
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 273
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Martin Kantor, MD, is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist who has been in full private practice in Boston and New York City and active in residency training programs at hospitals including Massachusetts General in Boston, MA, and Beth Israel in New York, NY.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: An Overview xi

Part 1 Description

Chapter 1 Making the Diagnosis 3

Chapter 2 Differential Diagnosis 19

Chapter 3 Anger Triggers: Reasons Why Passive-Aggressives Get So Angry 29

Chapter 4 More Reasons Why Passive-Aggressives Get So Angry (More Anger Triggers) 43

Chapter 5 Reasons Passive-Aggressives Can Only Express Their Anger Indirectly 63

Chapter 6 Anger Styles 89

Chapter 7 Other (Nonsyndromal) Anger Styles: Tactical, Cognitive-Behavioral, Interpersonal, and Biological Features 109

Chapter 8 Pseudopassive-Aggressives 125

Part 2 Victims of Passive-Aggressives

Chapter 9 Pseudovictims 133

Chapter 10 More Interactions Between Passive-Aggressives and Their Victims 139

Chapter 11 Sadomasochism 149

Part 3 Treatment

Chapter 12 Introduction to Treatment/Psychoanalytically Oriented Psychotherapy 161

Chapter 13 Cognitive Therapy 171

Chapter 14 Interpersonal Therapy 181

Chapter 15 Transference and Counter transference Issues 193

Chapter 16 Victims of Passive-Aggression 207

Chapter 17 Helping Passive-Aggressives Become Less So 233

Chapter 18 Anger Management 243

Notes 251

Index 263

What People are Saying About This

Scott Wetzler

"The second edition of Dr. Kantor's well-researched book helps to rescue the concept of 'passive-aggression' from the rubbish bin to which DSM-5 has relegated it. As Dr. Kantor demonstrates, Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder is a serious clinical syndrome that causes significant distress to individuals with such problems as well as to people involved with them."

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of good information, this book is suited much more for a professional or scholar than layperson trying to navigate passive-aggression in relationships or at work. It goes into detail regarding cognitive errors, defense mechanisms, the psychopathology and research behind this problem. It also does a good job citing others who have contributed to the knowledge base: Wetzler, Millon, and Murphy/Oberlin. This book's text could have benefitted from many more headings to break up very long paragraphs and very long, complicated sentences. In other words, it's fairly complex and lofty in its prose. If you're looking for a more straightforward approach there are other competing books out there, including a 2016 one that delves into passive-aggression, indirect anger in both genders. No doubt the author understands this through and through. It's the delivery of it that is harder to follow.