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The search for the real self : unmasking the personality disorders of our age
Masterson, James F.
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Publication Information:
New York : Free Press ; London : Collier Macmillan, 1990.

Physical Description:
xi, 244 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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RC554 .M276 1988C Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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From the authoritative expert in personality disorders, Search for the Real Self is a thorough dissection of how one's real self is developed, how it relates to the outer world, and how personality disorders are understood and treated in our modern society.

Personality disorders--borderline, narcissistic, and schizoid--have become the classic psychological disorders of our age. Outwardly successful, charming and powerful, personality-disordered individuals have long confounded their colleagues, family, lovers and employees--as well as mental health professionals. The author helps the reader understand them. After describing how the healthy real self develops and functions, he explains what can go wrong. Drawing on case histories, he shows how the false self behaves in relationships and on the job, and then delineates appropriate treatments, offering real hope for cure.

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Booklist Review

This lucid and thorough examination of the borderline personality, which is one of the hardest-to-treat emotional disorders, is by no means light-reading fare. Although aimed at the general reader, the book will be received and understood best by informed individuals and professionals in psychology. Chapter by chapter, Masterson maps out and analyzes the distinguishing traits among various borderline personality disorders, focusing mainly on the narcissist and depressed neurotic. Most informative are his descriptions of how the borderline personality is formed and how easily the disorder is overlooked (given the borderline's extravagantly successful coping mechanisms and ability to succeed professionally). Less clear are the author's recommended treatment modalities for these types of disorders. Overall, though, this is a well-organized and informative study that lends much insight into a vaguely understood set of disorders. Contains numerous case studies, notes, and a selected bibliography; to be indexed. MB.