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Cognitive Therapy Of Personality Disorders Hardcover – 25 Dec 1990

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  • Hardcover: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Guilford Press; Some Stains on Cover edition (25 Dec. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898624347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898624342
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.3 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,101,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is another classic book in the Beckian' style--scholarly and eminently readable, a superb and much needed treatment guide. Breaking new ground again in this unusually challenging work, Beck, Freeman and their associates have produced an exceptionally useful handbook, not only for those who follow in the cognitive-behavioral tradition, but for all therapists who seek to enrich their insights and methodologies for working with the personality disorders.It is of no small import that the text is a pleasure to read. Clear both in thought and language, it is entirely free of the jargon and obscurities that litter this field. In a matter of particular relevance to my own work, I was especially pleased with the chapter on the avoidant personality; it is the first detailed and sensitively drawn examination of therapeutic issues with this highly troubled group of patients. All in all, the Beck-Freeman volume is a major milestone in the progress of therapy for this large class of difficult-to-treat disorders.'--Theodore Millon, Ph.D., University of Miami and Harvard Medical School

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Aaron T. Beck, MD, is the founder of cognitive therapy, University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and President Emeritus of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Beck is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award, the American Psychological Association (APA) Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Psychiatric Association Distinguished Service Award, the Robert J. and Claire Pasarow Foundation Award for Research in Neuropsychiatry, and the Institute of Medicine's Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health and Gustav O. Lienhard Award.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Crowley on 12 Feb. 2013
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A am a follower of Aaron Beck and all his accomplishments in improving and assisting people whlo may exsperience distress and pain.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Very well organized and researched 4 Nov. 2001
By Brett Anderson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I love Becks work in the field of Cognitive therapy. I have long had the trouble of finding a modality that effectivly works with personality disorders. I bought this book in an attempt to bridge my knowledge from purely Axis I to include Axis II disorders.
The book goes through each and every personality disorder one at a time. This made it very easy to research one specific problem without having to sift through pages and pages of irrelevant information for the task at hand.
Within each chapter Beck defines the typical automatic thoughts, or faulty reasoning, that is commonly associated with the personality disorders. He then gives broad treatment plans and goals to deal with the symptoms.
Beck is very well organized and succienct. You will walk away from even a short reading of this book feeling more confident and better equipped to deal with the disorders without the usually doubts that maybe you didnt get the whole gist of what the author was trying to say.
I felt that this was extremely well done. I also appreciate that Beck does not promise more then he can deliver and he is the first one to say that outcomes for Axis II disorders are still poor compared with Axis I.
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Treating clients with personality disorders... 19 Mar. 2000
By Belinda J Chaffins - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book! It has a lot of practical information on how to approach treatment for a client who has a personality disorder. Included are case examples and problems that a therapist may have in treating clients. Additionally, the book includes specific intervention strategies and recommendations on how to develop a good working relationship. This is especially important, because a client's interpersonal problems will be played out during session with the therapist. I have used the information in this book to anticipate and prepare for specific issues that have arisen in session.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Very practical, directive strategy 10 Oct. 2005
By Jennifer K. Paweleck-Bellingrodt, Psy.D. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Beck has done a great job describing a very pragmatic, common sense cognitive-behavioral methodology for the treatment of challenging personalities. The research he has done builds confidence in practitioners interested in and using these methods. Each personality style is well-described, and several strategies are provided for addressing these problematic dispositions. The book is very well-organized and easy to read. Assignments and case examples further add to the utility of this text.
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
From a patients view 14 Sept. 2007
By TS - Published on
Format: Paperback
As someone who is avoidant co morbid with OCPD spent perhaps 40 years depressed more than not before reaching out for any professional help I would like to say especially in the chapter on avoidants the book is pretty much dead on. The chapter on avoidants is the one I can most closely relate to but I see myself in others as well my OCDP us most apparent in hoarding issues a spot my therapist and I are having a hard time pushing me through I've been working with a therapist for about a year and half now making progress even if it's slow. My therapist knows I am a person who likes to try and understand my disorders and reads as much material as I can. We have both learned a lot together she being my motivator and supporter. She has been outstanding doing her research to help develop plans of actions that have helped knock down some long standing self built walls. She likes to kid me that I could teach a graduate class in personality disorders with all the reading I have done.

To sum this up as a someone who has to deal with these issues as part of my daily life the book is right on with much of the way my thoughts/reactions are if I don't work actively to keep ahead of them to continue on my road to a happier life. And yes even as someone who came to therapy at a high functioning level in many aspects of my life I know at times I can be a frustrating client. But for me the knowledge that both my therapist and I are feeing increasing levels of frustration has been something I have been able to use to finally find the courage to knock down some long standing walls. So a special than you to those of you who choose to try and help those of us who present some special difficulties.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Classic cognitive therapy 16 July 2000
By James Claiborn - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Beck and his group have written a classic in cognitive therapy with clear conceptulization of personality disorders. This is a difficult population to treat and Beck's work is clear and on target. Clincal examples enrich the theory making it an essential reference.
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