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Personality and Psychopathology:

Building a Clinical Science

 

(Selected Papers of Theodore Millon)

 

Published by Wiley

ISBN: 0471116858

 

 

 

FROM THE BOOK JACKET: One has to turn to the writings of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung to find so systematic, profound, and seminal a body of work as that of Theodore Millon. A theorist of the first rank, he has authored numerous books of compelling clinical utility and insight.

In Personality and Psychopathology, Millon provides the reader with a coordinated series of papers that illustrate his unprecedented model for building a unified science of personology and psychopathology. In this effort, he seeks to integrate previously disparate components into a clinical science. Rather than developing independently and being left to stand as largely unconnected functions, Millon argues that a truly mature clinical science will embody explicit: 1) theories, that is, explanatory and heuristic conceptual schemes that enable the development of a formal 2) nosology a taxonomic classification of disorders that is devised logically from the theory and which permits the development of coordinated 3) instruments, tools that are empirically grounded and sufficiently sensitive quantitatively to enable the theory's hypothesis to be adequately investigated, and from which target areas can be specified for 4) interventions, strategies and tactics of therapy designed in accord with the theory.

A series of groundbreaking papers comprise this creative work. Some connect personology to other scientific realms of nature, and others establish a series of thought-provoking "diagnostic criteria" for the concept of normality. The precision and logic for classifying psychopathologies comprise another classic article. A lively and insightful analysis of the borderline personality, explicated from a social learning perspective, serves as a refreshing counterpoint to the standard analytical model. No less bold are Millon's "Ten Commandments" for personologic therapy, a richly articulated integration of contemporary treatment modalities.

Wise and witty, this future classic will furnish the field with both clinical and scientific mandates that are sure to have a powerful impact on psychological diagnosis and therapy for years to come.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Part I: INTRODUCTION

1. Connecting Personology to Other Scientific Realms of Nature
2. Personality Disorders: Conceptual Distinctions and Classification Issues

Part II: THEORY

3. Contemporary Theoretical Models
4. An Integrative Theory of Personality and Psychopathology
5. A Theoretical Derivation of Pathological Personalities
6. Criteria of Normality: What Can We Learn from Evolutionary Theory?

Part III: TAXONOMY

7. Classification in Psychopathology: Rationale, Alternatives, and Standards
8. The DSM-III: Some Historical and Substantive Reflections
9. On the Genesis and Prevalence of the Borderline Personality Disorder: A Social Learning Thesis
10. The Relationship of Depression to Disorders of Personality (with Doreen G. Harper)

Part IV: INSTRUMENTATION

11. On the Renaissance of Personality Assessment and Personality Theory
12. Intrapsychic and Phenomenological Research Methods
13. MCMI: Substantive, Structural, and Criterion Validation
14. Foundations of the MIPS Scales

Part V: INTERVENTION

15. Issues and Methods of Psychological Treatment
16. Personologic Psychotherapy: Ten Commandments for a Post-Eclectic Approach to Integrative Treatment
17. How Can Knowledge of Psychopathology Facilitate Psychotherapy Integration? A View from the Personality Disorders (with George Everly and Roger D. Davis)

 

 

 

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