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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The reviewer calls my book “a confusing, almost stream-of-consciousness collection of personal experiences and clinical examples that the author finds annoying or offensive. I do not see how “expanding” an established definition is different from changing or contradicting it. Metapsychology Online receives a commission from Amazon.

Alexandru rated it did not like it Oct 12, Second, the relationship between “avoidance” and Avoidant Personality Disorder is not made clear, so that the terms seem to be used synonymously. Our editor is Christian Perring, PhD.

Avoidant Personality Disorder is in my opinion not a review but kxntor prolonged rant–to paraphrase the reviewer himself, a self-indulgent, poorly written tract full of subtle and overt conceptual errors, logically incoherent, and replete with misunderstanding about personology and other clinical matters.

Avoidant Personality Disorder is a formal DSM-IV psychiatric diagnosis that is rarely used by clinicians and almost unknown to the lay public.

Distancing by Martin Kantor – Praeger – ABC-CLIO

Hardcoverpages. It shows both subtle and overt misunderstanding of the field of personology, and is a paradigm of the triumph of emotion over logic as it veers from a dispassionate discussion of the issues at hand to a very personal attack on me that appears to be attempting to damage my professional dostancing by calling me things like “arrogant” and “self-pitying.

Also, about my making moral judgments: 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.

I see the book a collection of symptoms and healing methods of Avoidant Personality Disorders. Understanding Depression in Men: Graham Rollins rated it liked it Mar 19, Psychopathology ranging from door-checking rituals to wrist-slashing is almost always remarkably banal and the psychopathology of everyday life, my field, is by definition very much so.


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. The examples are generally quite dull, and often incredibly banal. Kantor also seems to agree with Freud, parenthetically, that the incest taboo is a prime cause of avoidance, if not of APD, but no clinical evidence is produced.

Firstly, although this book is presumably intended to be a definitive work, it does not address the specific descriptors of the DSM criteria. Your review Headline characters remaining Review characters remaining. No trivia or quizzes yet. Available for Course Adoption.

Martin rated it it was amazing Oct 24, Who is this patient? Flory says that the reader may wonder why one would write a book on a diagnosis that the author cannot katnor.

Lists with This Book. Even though I absolutely related to most of the examples, I expected to find some comfort reading through this book. In the case of “Epstein-Barr avoidance,” Kantor’s claim that a patient “wants to hurt another person, as is his or her style, simply because this other person tries to get close, and offer help” tells the reader something about Kantor’s reaction to this patient, but says nothing about the patient.

About my amateurish misuse of psychoanalytic theory, I would like an example that does not rely on the reviewer’s way of proving his point via the mechanism of arbitrary inference: Preview — Distancing by Martin Kantor. The bulk of Distancing is a confusing, almost stream-of-consciousness collection of personal experiences and clinical examples that the author finds annoying or offensive.

You have 0 more Item. I am not discussing the much broader concept of “social difficulty. In think so, and I don’t think that I have to say it more than once.


Distancing: Avoidant Personality Disorder, 2nd Edition

It is rather an attempt to understand bigotry in the present context, and expand my list of avoidant personality traits. I stopped shortly before the end, a little humiliated I was causing others so much pain. David Flory is a writer and musician with a long-term interest in clinical psychology. Acceptance is feared as much distancin rejection, because avoidants fear compromising their identity and losing personal freedom.

It is a shame that this book does not sufficiently address APD in a way useful to clinician, student or patient. Third, little attention is given to the “classic” APD sufferer, presumably because this would furnish few of the anecdotes with which the book is decorated. He does not describe behavior in the context of a transference relationship. Mark Butt rated it liked it Mar 24, I also asked myself if 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.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I have simply recognized that different observers don’t agree on the exact parameters of AvPD. Despite some controversy over the term’s legitimacy, I believe that APD warrants a serious and thorough study.

Product details Format Hardback pages Dimensions x My Wishlist 0 Item You have just added: It is self-indulgent, poorly written and logically incoherent. Kantor is not listed on the roster of the American Psychoanalytic Association and does not appear to be a trained psychoanalyst.

Kantor has stated that his work is only concerned with “interpersonal withdrawal based on fear of closeness and commitment. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.