The Personality Disorders Through the Lens of Attachment Theory and the Neurobiologic Development of the Self: A Clinical Integration

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The culmination of 40 years of research into the personality disorders, this book documents the breakthrough integration that has brought Dr.Masterson’s theory into its fullest possible dimension. Initially descriptive, it evolved into a developmental theory, then into a developmental object relations theory, and, finally, into a developmental self and object relations theory. Now, with the recent emergence of attachment theory and the theory of the neurobiologic development of the self, the picture is complete and a clear and comprehensive statement to depict the origin and development of the personality disorders has taken shape. Dr. Masterson and his fine team of coauthors have assembled a rich and comprehensive volume that features discussions of transference and countertransference, consciousness, mother-infant attachment, the psychotherapy of trauma, and therapeutic neutrality under challenge, among many other important topics. The members of the team are Margot T. Beattie, Barbara L. Short, Donald D. Roberts, Ken Seider, Steven K. Reed, Joseph Farley, Jerry S. Katz, and Judith Pearson.

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James F. Masterson, M.D., pioneered the developmental self and object relations approach to the psychotherapy of the Personality Disorders through clinical research. He is founder of The Society of Adolescent Psychiatry and past president of its New York Chapter.

The body of Dr. Masterson’s work is represented in the books he has written, many of which have been translated into several languages, including early work in the field of the real self that is considered a breakthrough in the treatment of the Borderline and Narcissistic Disorders. Well known internationally as a foremost authority on the Personality Disorders, Dr. Masterson lectures widely, and his writings have been published in leading journals around the world. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

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“[a] culmination of four decades of clinical observation and research...a must-read for serious students, researchers, and clinicians...” --Frank M. Dattilio, Ph.D., ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

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