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Cognitive therapy of personality disorders
Beck, Aaron T.
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Second edition.
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New York : Guilford Press, [2004]

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xx, 412 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Overview of cognitive therapy of personality disorders -- Theory of personality disorders -- Assessment of personality disorders -- General principles and specialized techniques -- Cognitive therapy relationship with personality-disordered patients -- Paranoid personality disorder -- Schizoid and schizotypal personality disorders -- Antisocial personality disorder -- Borderline personality disorder -- Histrionic personality disorder -- Narcissistic personality disorder -- Dependent personality disorder -- Avoidant personality disorder -- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder -- Passive-aggressive personality disorder (negativistic personality disorder) -- Synthesis and prospects for the future.
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This landmark work was the first to present a cognitive framework for understanding and treating personality disorders. Part I lays out the conceptual, empirical, and clinical foundations of effective work with this highly challenging population, reviews cognitive aspects of Axis II disorders, and delineates general treatment principles. In Part II, chapters detail the process of cognitive-behavioral therapy for each of the specific disorders, review the clinical literature, guide the therapist through diagnosis and case conceptualization, and demonstrate the nuts and bolts of cognitive intervention.

Author Notes

A native of Rhode Island, Aaron Beck had an early interest in psychology. After graduating from Brown University, he embarked on a career in medicine at Yale University with the intention of specializing in psychiatry. Dissatisfied with classical psychoanalysis, he turned to modified psychoanalytic approaches and was particularly influenced by ego psychology advanced by Rapaport.

Ego psychology directed his interest in cognition, and over time Beck abandoned the psychoanalytic framework and formulated his own cognitive theory-behavior therapy for patients with depression and other psychiatric disorders. He developed numerous measurement scales, including the Beck Depression Inventory, the Beck Hopelessness Scale, and the Self-Concept Test, which are widely used as diagnostic and research tools in the field.

Beck continues to teach, consult, and write about the use of cognitive therapy in treating emotional disorders and other problems.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Part I History, Theory, and Research
Chapter 1 Overview of Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disordersp. 3
Chapter 2 Theory of Personality Disordersp. 17
Chapter 3 Assessment of Personality Disordersp. 52
Chapter 4 General Principles and Specialized Techniquesp. 69
Chapter 5 The Cognitive Therapy Relationship with Personality-Disordered Patientsp. 92
Part II Clinical Applications
Chapter 6 Paranoid Personality Disorderp. 115
Chapter 7 Schizoid and Schizotypal Personality Disordersp. 138
Chapter 8 Antisocial Personality Disorderp. 162
Chapter 9 Borderline Personality Disorderp. 187
Chapter 10 Histrionic Personality Disorderp. 216
Chapter 11 Narcissistic Personality Disorderp. 241
Chapter 12 Dependent Personality Disorderp. 268
Chapter 13 Avoidant Personality Disorderp. 293
Chapter 14 Obsessive--Compulsive Personality Disorderp. 320
Chapter 15 Passive--Aggressive Personality Disorder (Negativistic Personality Disorder)p. 341
Chapter 16 Synthesis and Prospects for the Futurep. 362
Referencesp. 371
Indexp. 393