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This book interprets the personality disorders in terms of a broad biopsychosocial model, and explains how personality traits develop into personality disorders. Strongly oriented towards recent empirical findings, the author argues that although biological, psychological and social factors are all necessary, none of them is by itself sufficient to produce personality disorder. This basic model is also a model of treatment. Illustrated with revealing case vignettes, this balanced, humane and rational account will greatly assist clinicians in the understanding and treatment of individuals with personality disorder.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Overview; 2. Personality traits and personality disorders; 3. Biological factors; 4. Psychological factors; 5. Social factors: methods; 6. Social factors: mechanisms; 7. A biopsychosocial theory; 8. The odd cluster; 9. The impulsive cluster; 10. The anxious cluster; 11. Treatment; 12. Clinical practice; epilogue: summary and implications.