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Personality Disorders in Modern Life: Character Essentials [Hardcover]

Theodore Millon , Roger Davis
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10 Nov 1999 0471323551 978-0471323556
Theodore Millon, one of the world′s leading authorities on personality disorders and the best–selling author of Disorders of Personality, explores the many subtleties involved in diagnosing and treating these debilitating disorders. For each clinically–recognized class of personality disorders and its subtypes, Millon and his co–authors examine all current schools of thought—including the biological, psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive, and biopsychosocial models—on the factors that promote personality dysfunction. And they outline the most successful effective treatment approach for each disorder.


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  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (10 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471323551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471323556
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 18.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,733,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

"...you should certainly read what Millon has to say about the personality disorders." (Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, January 2001)

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"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." —Theodore Millon Exploring the continuum from normal personality traits to the diagnosing and treatment of severe cases of personality disorders, this book is unique in its coverage of both the historical forerunners and the contemporary theorists. 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. This vital resource features:
  • Discussion of the developmental aspects 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 subtypes
Case studies, used throughout the text, bring to life the many faces of these disorders. This book will enlighten the reader’s understanding of others while illuminating the inner working of human personalities.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 7 Jan 2002
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At last, I have found a book which gives a well-structured overview of the symptomatology/ clinical diagnosis and various perspectives upon the range of personality disorders and their variations. Concise, organised and balanced- initially I was loathe to spend so much money on it, but it's worth every penny. I spent ages trying to find such a comprehensive book like this, but never did, until now. The only downside is that it focuses on the DSM criteria, and fails to mention ICD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The encyclopedia of personality disorders 8 Jun 2003
Format:Hardcover
Authoritative, erudite, comprehensive and indispensable. It is by far the single best tome about personality disorders. It draws on the authors' rich clinical experience, panoramic acquaintance with schools of psychology, innovative taxonomy, and comparative ability. Though culturally-biased, it is still applicable to all societies and all times. Don't be deterred by the stiff price - it is worth every cent. Sam Vaknin, author of "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited".
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5.0 out of 5 stars First class resource on the little understood world of PD. 7 Jun 2005
By Rocco B. Rubino - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Theodore Milon's work on personality disorder's is a tour de force of the little understood world of "personality disorders in modern life."

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.
49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely wonderful book on personality. 11 April 2005
By Robert Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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As an "advanced layman" interested in personality, I can fully endorse all that has been said by others about this book. It's not often that you find a book intended as a textbook that's....hard to put down, but this book certainly qualifies.

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.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Personality Textbook 29 Mar 2005
By K. Finlayson - Published on Amazon.com
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For those looking for the perfect Masters level textbook on Personality this is the one. Throughout the entire book, the author frames the discussion from the various therapeutic perspective: cognitive, biologic, psychodynamic, interpersonal, and evolutionary-neurodevelopmental. They cover functional and structural domains and contrast each personality type with related personality structures. They also break each personality disorder and trait into variations. Their incorporation of personality trait with disorder would allow instructors of personality to incorporate the various testing within the personality disorder framework. The book is very weak on therapy strategies and techniques for each disorder, but that is not why one would want the book. A terrific textbook on personality disorder.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, integrative, practical approach to the understanding and assessment of personality style and disorder 5 Jan 2010
By John Jakupi - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an outstanding book on the development and diagnosis of personality style and disorder. Millon and his colleagues have done an excellent job in explaining what is a very complex, multidimensional field in a simple, coherent format. By drawing on explanations from different theories of personality, Millon et al have provided adequate detail in defining the complexity of personality, and make (somewhat succesful) attempts at synthesising current approaches within their own 'evolutionary-neurodevelopmental' perspective. While drawing on relevant and valid sources, they also do justice to more esoteric psychoanalytic approaches, which still have a lot to offer to contemporary therapy.

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.
23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The encyclopedia of personality disorders 8 Jun 2003
By Sam Vaknin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Authoritative, erudite, comprehensive and indispensable. It is by far the single best tome about personality disorders. It draws on the authors' rich clinical experience, panoramic acquaintance with schools of psychology, innovative taxonomy, and comparative ability. Though culturally-biased, it is still applicable to all societies and all times. Don't be deterred by the stiff price - it is worth every cent. Sam Vaknin, author of "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited".
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