"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." Frederick Douglass
This book focuses on an area in abnormal psychology known as "personality disorders." In both psychology and psychiatry, personality disorders are a special kind of mental health condition. This book takes a sensitive thoughtful approach to the subject of personality disorders.
Psychiatrists use terms such as narcissist, borderline, schizoid, and histrionic to describe types of dysfunctional human personalities. What do these terms mean and what distinguishes these individuals from the rest of us? This book explores these personality types, and others, in term of behaviors, traits, and thought processes. In addition, it seeks to explain the possible roots of these unique disorders.
After reading this book, it is my sincere hope that the reader will walk away with a genuine understanding of borderline personality, narcissistic personality, histrionic personality, avoidant personality, schizoid personality disorder, dependent personality, and codependent personality. It is also my hope that for those individuals who suffer with these particular disorders this book might be a possible first step in the "healing process." Despite what conventional psychiatry suggests about the long-term prognosis for these disorders some degree of healing is always possible in determined insightful individuals.
In addition, while many will argue the precise cause of personality disorders, the connection between childhood neglect/abuse and later developing a wounded or damaged personality seems undeniable.