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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David Flory is a writer and musician with a long-term interest in clinical psychology.

Yes, I did say that bigotry is the ultimate in avoidance, but how is this an attempt to medicalize everything that I feel is wrong with other people? In chronic fatigue in avoidance this attack is an in-character sign that the patient wants to hurt another person, as is his or her style, simply because this other person tries to get close, and offer help.

Contact us to place your request. He then demonstrates his new AvPD’s use as a garbage can diagnosis for difficult patients and other people whom he finds obnoxious. An inadequate study of “the hidden disorder” From Amazon This book has a number distajcing problems and contains little helpful content for clinician or APD sufferer: I believe that expanding and contradicting are two very different things.


That is, I suggested that theirs is an avoidant removal and uncooperativeness taking place in the transference. We update our front page weekly and add more than twenty new reviews each month.

David Flory has provided the following reply to Martin Kantor. Book ratings by Goodreads.

Despite some controversy over the term’s legitimacy, I believe that APD warrants kanto serious and thorough study. The avoidance reduction techniques presented in this book recognize that avoidants not only fear criticism and humiliation, but also fear being flooded by their feelings and being depleted if they express them.


The author studies the avoidant in the real world and habitat and evolves a dedicated, eclectic, action-oriented therapeutic approach.

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The following are only some of the flaws I perceive in the review: I simply look for behaviors that I identify as relatively or absolutely avoidant in the sense of being the product of interpersonal withdrawal due to relationship anxiety and list those. It was ok. It is a shame that this book does not sufficiently address APD in a way useful to clinician, student or patient. Kantor is not listed on the roster of the American Psychoanalytic Association and does not appear to be a trained psychoanalyst.

We have seen that Kantor is not troubled by questions of “whether or not AvPD is a discrete, identifiable personality disorder with inclusive and exclusive syndromal boundaries,” but the reader may wonder why one would write a book on a diagnosis that the author cannot define. Robin Guest rated it it was ok Nov 02, Please support us by making your Amazon. This book is nothing short of brilliant.

Kantor lists his cases without any theoretical or clinical context; their only common thread is the personal offense he takes at them. Finally, there are a handful of suggestions offered to the individual who suffers from APD, but again, they are varied enough to include just about anything that might be helpful and there are mutually exclusive activities suggested, with rationales for doing each. Tragic that it may be the only book written on the subject of APD. Who is this patient? 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.

Firstly, although this book is presumably intended to be a definitive work, it does not address the specific descriptors of the DSM criteria.


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 first type include the shy, socially inhibited or phobic.

Distancing : A Guide to Avoidance and Avoidant Personality Disorder

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The different therapys talked about in this book, though they might really cure this disorder, is nearly impossible to do by someone who is AvPD and has severe anxiety.

Martin rated it it was amazing Oct 24, As for my clinical examples seeming “banal,” I am not writing about rare, exotic, and unclassifiable syndromes but about ordinary people doing ordinary things–that is, I am writing about the ordinary avoidances of everyday life. Avoidant Personality Disorder is a formal DSM-IV psychiatric diagnosis that is rarely used by clinicians and almost unknown to the lay public.

Devenir by Michelle Obama Our price: Overview Readers reviews 5 Product Details. This is especially true for obsessives The third type start serious relationships but then sabotage them without warning. Alba rated it did not like it Jan 28, Comorbidity with Other Personality DisordersCause: Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.