Personality disorders have been recognized as categories of psychiatric illness, and still need to be better defined. This book interprets the personality disorders as products of the interaction between social influences and other aetiological factors as part of a broad biopsychosocial model, and explains how personality traits develop into personality disorders. Strongly oriented towards recent empirical findings, the author argues that although biological, psychological and social factors are all necessary, none of them is by itself sufficient to produce a personality disorder. This basic model is also a model of treatment, in which biological, experiential and social factors should all be addressed in therapy and his treatment recommendations focus particularly on social adjustment through the adaptive use of personality traits.
• Addresses a key current issue: does childhood abuse lead to adult personality disorder? • Proposes a balanced and rational model for understanding and treating personality disorders • Author is well known for earlier books on borderline personality disorder
Introduction; 1. Overview; 2. Personality traits and personality disorders; 3. Biological factors; 4. Psychological factors; 5. Social factors: methods; 6. Social factors: mechanisms; 7. A biopsychosocial theory; 8. The odd cluster; 9. The impulsive cluster; 10. The anxious cluster; 11. Treatment; 12. Clinical practice; epilogue: summary and implications.
'The strength of Professor Paris's book is its eclecticism. It pulls together psychological, biological, and social theory to produce a biopsychosocial model for the aetiology of personality disorders.' Kwame McKenzie, British Medical Journal
'… a concise and comprehensive overview of the key issues … The author succeeds in presenting a contentious subject in an authoritative and fascinating manner'. British Journal of Psychiatry