Personality Disorders in Modern Life

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"Personalities are like impressionistic paintings. At a distance, each person is ‘all of a piece’; up close, each is a bewildering complexity of moods, cognitions, and motives." —Theodore Millon Exploring the continuum from normal personality traits to the diagnosing and treatment of severe cases of personality disorders, this book is unique in its coverage of both the historical forerunners and the contemporary theorists. Attention to detail and in-depth discussion of the subtleties involved in these debilitating personality disorders make this book an ideal companion to the DSM-IV. This vital resource features:

  • Discussion of the developmental aspects of personality disorders
  • Balanced coverage of the major theoretical perspectives — biological, psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive, and evolutionary
  • Individual chapters on all DSM-IV personality disorders and their subtypes
Case studies, used throughout the text, bring to life the many faces of these disorders. This book will enlighten the reader’s understanding of others while illuminating the inner working of human personalities.

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A revision of the leading textbook on personality disorders by renowned expert Theodore Millon

"Personalities are like impressionistic paintings. At a distance, each person is ‘all of a piece’; up close, each is a bewildering complexity of moods, cognitions, and motives."
Theodore Millon

Exploring the continuum from normal personality traits to the diagnosis and treatment of severe cases of personality disorders, Personality Disorders in Modern Life, Second Edition is unique in its coverage of both important historical figures and contemporary theorists in the field. Its content spans all the major disorders–Antisocial, Avoidant, Depressive, Compulsive, Histrionic, Narcissistic, Paranoid, Schizoid, and Borderline–as well as their many subtypes. Attention to detail and in-depth discussion of the subtleties involved in these debilitating personality disorders make this book an ideal companion to the DSM-IV™.

Fully updated with the latest research and theory, this important text features:

  • Discussion of the distinctive clinical features and developmental roots of personality disorders
  • Balanced coverage of the major theoretical perspectives–biological, psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive, and evolutionary
  • Individual chapters on all DSM-IV™ personality disorders and their several subtypes and mixtures
  • Case studies throughout the text that bring to life the many faces of these disorders

Including a new assessment section that singles out behavioral indicators considered to have positive predictive power for the disorders, this Second Edition also includes a special focus on developmental, gender, and cultural issues specific to each disorder. A comprehensive reference suitable for today’s practitioners, Personality Disorders in Modern Life, Second Edition features a clear style that also makes it a valuable resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. The most thorough book of its kind, this Second Edition is a powerful, practical resource for all trainees and professionals in key mental health fields, such as psychology, social work, and nursing.

About the Author:

THEODORE MILLON, PhD, DSc, has recently held positions as a professor in the Psychiatry Department of Harvard Medical School and Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami. He is currently Dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Personology and Psychopathology. Founder and co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Personality Disorders for the past ten years, he is also past president of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders. Dr. Millon is the prime author of several self-report inventories (MCMI-III, MACI, MBHI, MIPS). Among his books are Disorders of Personality: DSM-IV and Beyond, Second Edition; Toward a New Personology: An Evolutionary Model; Personality-Guided Therapy; The Millon Inventories; and a collection of his seminal papers entitled Personality and Psychopathology: Building a Clinical Science.

ROGER DAVIS, PhD, has been a postdoctoral fellow and is currently Director of Research at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Personology and Psychopathology. His recent publications include "The Five-Factor Model for Personality Disorder: Apt or Misguided?" and "The Importance of Theory to a Taxonomy of Personality Disorders." He is coauthor of Disorders of Personality: DSM-IV and Beyond, Second Edition.

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