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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Jackal42 rated it it was amazing Dec 21, With a straight face, Kantor quotes “Anxiety in males is ‘always ultimately a fear of castration'”.

Distancing: Avoidant Personality Disorder, 2nd Edition

David Flory is a writer and musician with a long-term interest in clinical psychology. Mark Butt rated it liked it Mar 24, We thank you for your support! No trivia or quizzes yet.

Further, he may state that a certain behavior is reflective of APD, but then go on to state how the exact opposite behavior could also reflect APD, rendering both statements fairly useless. Open Preview See a Problem? Penny rated it liked it Sep 02, Tragic that it may be the only book written on the subject of APD. It is an embarrassment to akntor author and the field of psychiatry. Kantor takes us through the history of this disorder, and into clinical treatment rooms, to see and hear how avoidants think, feel, and recover.

Clare rated it it was ok Jul 05, 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. Flory says that I “argue … that the standard definition of AvPD is inadequate, and should be broadened to include all persistent patterns of socially maladaptive behavior.

I did not say “can be proved” but rather said “can sometimes be inferred.

Distancing : A Guide to Avoidance and Avoidant Personality Disorder

It is a shame that this book does not sufficiently address APD in a way useful to clinician, student or patient. By using our website you agree kanto our use of cookies. Devenir by Michelle Obama Our price: Despite some controversy over the term’s legitimacy, I believe that APD warrants a serious and thorough study.

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It has been my experience that many people, laypersons in particular, fail to recognize that the DSM-IV is not about painting a full picture of a syndrome but is about highlighting points that enable one syndrome to be distinguished from another, that is, that enable a differential diagnosis to be made.

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. Rather, I suggest that avoidants primarily suffer from social or relationship anxiety leading to distancing, one form, and only one form, of socially-maladaptive behavior. An exception is made for Freud, who gets five pages. 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.

We feature over in-depth reviews of a wide range of books and DVDs written by our reviewers from many backgrounds and perspectives. There are no discussion topics on this kwntor yet. In chronic fatigue in avoidance this attack is an in-character sign that the patient wants kabtor hurt another person, as is his or her style, simply because this other person tries to get close, and offer help.

Kantor focuses on a misunderstood but common condition that brings severe and pervasive anxiety dishancing social contacts and relationships. Here, as elsewhere, avoidant seems to function distancong a clinical synonym for “bad. The examples are generally quite dull, and often incredibly banal. My Shopping Bag 0 Item You have just added: There is a “mighty struggle” between ” believers idstancing identify a discrete syndrome and nonbelievers who do not” 4, emphasis in original.

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Flory says that the reader may wonder why one would write a book on a diagnosis that iantor author cannot define.

If a therapist was actually considering some of the approaches the author advises against, the therapist had better go back to school or change careers, not read a book.

It is a must-read for anyone who is interested in human interaction. Comorbidity with Other Personality DisordersCause: He then demonstrates his new AvPD’s use as a garbage can diagnosis for difficult patients and other people whom he finds obnoxious.

Along these lines, what exactly are Flory’s credentials for writing this review? Markus Zachary Xavier rated it it was amazing Nov 07, Who is this patient? Please support us by making your Amazon. Next, the sections about how to assist someone with APD in therapy was rudimentary enough as to be insulting to a practitioner. I would think the book would either confuse a client or provide enough suggestions that a client could find several he was already doing as part of his avoidant spectrum such that there would be little motivation to make any change and much frustration as to why things weren’t getting better.


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Kantor never explains why sales clerks who are reluctant to search the stockroom, people who carry expensive tote bags and individuals who prefer not to pick up dates at the gym are expressing “fear of closeness and commitment,” as opposed to fatigue, bad manners, or simply a normal personality that rubs the author the wrong way.

What is particularly scary is that the tone and attitude of the review seem to be modeled on the subject of the book under review. There is absolutely nothing in this completely dispassionate and scientifically accurate formulation that would or should lead Flory to suggest, as he does, that in advancing this theory I am “mixing arrogance with self-pity.

He feels that Type I avoidants are really depressed, and that my last three types of avoidance overlap with neurotic, borderline, or narcissistic disorders. Books by Martin Kantor. 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.

An inadequate study of “the hidden disorder” From Amazon This book has a number of problems and contains little helpful content for clinician or APD sufferer: Mar 13, Carolina rated it liked it. I am not discussing the much broader concept of “social difficulty.