By W. John Livesley MD PhD

This authoritative paintings comprehensively reports what's identified approximately character issues, together with important info to steer medical determination making. major specialists synthesize modern pondering the type, etiologies, and improvement of those complicated problems. Diagnostic matters are explored, and to be had evaluate tools are mentioned. The guide offers in-depth insurance of all generic psychotherapeutic and pharmacological remedies, with specific consciousness to the empirical facts for every strategy. additionally addressed are particular therapy modalities, corresponding to day courses and staff treatment, and forensic matters.

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Studies are required that explore these domains using traits and behaviors based on both normal personality concepts and clinically relevant traits. Although trait models potentially provide a more coherent representation of individual differences in personality disorder than categorical diagnoses, it is not clear that they can accommodate all aspects of personality disorder (Pincus & Wilson, in press). As noted earlier, personality disorder involves more than maladaptive traits (Livesley & Jang, 2000).

Second, the higher-order dimensions such as neuroticism (or the clinical equivalent of emotional dysregulation or asthenia), negative agreeableness (dissocial behavior or antisocial), introversion (inhibitedness or asocial), and conscientiousness (compulsivity or anankastic) appear to represent fundamental aspects of behavioral organization that should be part of an empirically based classification. These dimensions are useful for a range of clinical purposes including the broader aspects of treatment planning.

Costa and McCrae refer to it as openness to experience whereas the lexical model conceptualizes it as intellect or imagination (Digman, 1990). This difference is important when evaluating the five-factor approach for clinical purposes because multivariate analyses of personality disorder traits fail to identify a factor corresponding to openness. Saucier and Goldberg (1996) also pointed out that although the five domains are often presented as if they were equally replicable and important, this is not the case.

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