Personality Disorders in Modern Life Hardcover – Aug 6 2004
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"William James would certainly consider Personality Disorders in Modern Life a fine tribute to mark the end of the first century of the scientific study of personality disorders. It is an exemplary book to usher in the next century of research and developments in the exciting and ever-changing field of personality disorders." (Contemporary Psychology, 10/01)
"...you should certainly read what Millon has to say about the personality disorders." (Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, January 2001)--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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."
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.See all Product Description
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This is an outstanding book, both as a text for the advanced master's level student, or as a stand-alone reference for the clinician looking to delve deeper into this mysterious world.
Dr. Milon cogently and meticulously dissects each disorder and provides case vignettes to aid the reader in grasping each entity for what it is, if that is possible.
Highly recommended. Encyclopedic in scope. Scholarly in its depth. 5+ stars.
One rather missleading aspect of the title is its' implication that the book is only about the more pathological aspects of personality, and although the book is indeed organized along the lines of the DSM defined personality disorders, Millon makes an ongoing point within every section that the severity of each of the disorders exists along a continum, ranging from "normal" to "extream".
Those within the "normal" range on each disorder illustrate aspects of personality that are common to almost every one of us, and as such, the book provides equally comprehensive insights into normal aspects of personality as well.
If you are truely interested in personality in it's full range of variation, I would not allow yourself to be detered by the books' price. Millon is a stunning intelect, and I believe you will come away from this quite readable volume with the same enthusiastic response as others who have reviewed it.
While this apparent simplicity is useful in increasing understanding within the 'layperson,' I do worry that it also belies the complexity of personality development and disorder. As a therapist, I am acutely aware of the pervasiveness of PD, and remain concerned that the domain can be simplified without retaining the core message that personality itself is a pervasive phenomena, and therefore influences our perception of information. I am somewhat concerned that some readers may not appreciate this as they try to comprehend such material, and there are dangers to this. As such, I would recommend that readers have some background in psychology, and Millon himself notes this.
Overall, I remain very impressed with this book, although I wouldve liked more detail in respect to treatment of disorder along with combinations of disorders. I realise I'm just being greedy now, and appreciate this wouldve required another volume. I sincerely hope the group provide books of similarly high quality on these topics.
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