Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Kantor, Martin. Distancing: avoidant personality disorder / Martin Kantor. — Rev. and expanded p. cm. Distancing by Martin Kantor, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. : Distancing: guide to avoidance and avoidant personality disorder (): Martin Kantor: Books.

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Flory says, “Kantor demonstrates his new AvPD’s use as a garbage can diagnosis for difficult patients and other people whom distanciny finds obnoxious. Contact us to place your request. Sometimes when we feel hostile to someone it is because they have been hostile to us. I also asked myself ksntor this was one of those reviews that was the product of a knee-jerk emotional response that, after the fact, looked for a relevant stimulus, in this case, without actually finding one.

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Metapsychology Online receives a commission from Amazon. Kantor has stated that his work is only concerned with “interpersonal withdrawal based on fear of closeness and commitment. Once Kantor has branded a patient “avoidant,” he seems willing to interpret almost any mental or physical symptom as further confirmation of the patient’s avoidant personality. He offers psychotherapists a specific method for helping avoidants overcome their fear of closeness and commitments, and offers a guide for avoidants themselves to use for developing lasting, intimate, anxiety-free relationships.

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Yes, I did say that bigotry is the ultimate in avoidance, but how is this an attempt to medicalize everything that I feel is wrong with other people? Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Neurotic, as distinguished from psychotic, is a more general term than borderline and narcissistic, both of which terms refer to a specific diagnostic category.

I do not see how “expanding” an established definition is different from changing or contradicting it. I simply look for behaviors that I identify as relatively or kanntor avoidant in the sense of being the product of interpersonal withdrawal due to relationship anxiety and list those. Why should the reader believe that this patient is avoidant? Further, he may state that a certain behavior is reflective of APD, but then go on to state how the exact opposite behavior could also reflect APD, rendering both statements fairly useless.

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Firstly, although this book is presumably intended to be a definitive work, it does not address the specific descriptors of the DSM criteria. Natasha rated it liked it May 19, Here I am both not alone and in very good company. He is currently a full-time medical author, the author of more than a dozen other books, including Homophobia, Second Edition Praeger ; Uncle Sam’s Shame: He then demonstrates his new AvPD’s use as a garbage can diagnosis for difficult patients and other people whom he finds obnoxious.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Perhaps the reader can distwncing use this representative example distanxing decide for him or herself whether or not my book is “poorly written” and “logically incoherent. Books by Martin Kantor. I might add that it is my distinct impression that, speaking generally, observers who don’t themselves evaluate and treat patients have little to no understanding about how patients actually think and what is really going on in their conscious and unconscious minds.

As for my clinical examples seeming “banal,” I am not writing about rare, exotic, and unclassifiable syndromes but about ordinary people doing ordinary things–that is, I am writing about the ordinary avoidances of everyday life. This book is nothing short kahtor brilliant.

My Wishlist 0 Item You have just added: Tragic that it may be the only book written on the subject of APD. What does “avoidance” really mean in this context? As a rule, there distancibg no theoretical argument behind any of Kantor’s pronouncements, making his combination of moral judgment and amateurish misuse of psychoanalytic theory especially obnoxious.

Your rating Click on the kntor for rating. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It has been my experience that many people, laypersons in particular, fail to recognize that the DSM-IV is not about painting a full picture of a syndrome but is about highlighting points that enable one syndrome to be distinguished from another, that is, that enable a differential diagnosis to be made. Next, the sections about how to assist someone with APD in therapy was rudimentary enough as to be insulting to a practitioner.


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Review – Distancing Avoidant Personality Disorder. That is, I suggested that theirs is an avoidant removal and uncooperativeness taking place in the transference. Refresh and try again. It is one thing to say that people are suffering from relationship anxiety, and quite another to suggest that they are obnoxious. Robin Guest rated it it was ok Nov 02, This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. I asked myself if this review were a tirade by someone who has just had a very personal ox gored and will say or do anything to kill the messenger distanicng he doesn’t like the message. In conclusion, again paraphrasing Flory, this review is an embarrassment to its author and the field of book reviewing.

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Sent out monthly, these announcements list our recent reviews. The avoidance reduction techniques presented in this book recognize that avoidants not only fear criticism and humiliation, but also fear being flooded by their feelings and being depleted if they express them.

The examples are generally quite dull, and often incredibly banal. It appears that Flory wants me to take the fall for a simple fact, that in personology no personality disorder is pure and that there is always overlap between personality disorders–a situation that I am not in any position to change or do anything about much as I, and all personologists, I think, might wish to have a more accurate set of calipers.

Try our Search Tips. The avoidance distanving techniques presented in this book recognize that avoidants not only fear criticism and humiliation, but also fear being flooded by their feelings and being depleted if they express them.