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Psychotherapy of the Quiet Borderline Patient: The as-if Personality Revisited Hardcover – August 1, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-1568210605 ISBN-10: 1568210604 Edition: First Edition

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc.; First Edition edition (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568210604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568210605
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,423,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Eileen G. on May 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In their introduction to this orderly, accessible, and informative book, the authors define as-if pathology as "essentially imitative, a way of life built on a series of transient identifications in which the individual acts as if he or she were sensitive, empathic, conservative, religious, or even rebellious - all dependent on what others want the individual to be."
The "quiet borderline patient" is, according to the authors, an overlooked personality, having ceded psychoanalytic terrain (in the literature as well as the consulting room) to the demanding histrionics and chaos of the "noisy borderline." Completely different etiology!
Because as-if etiology includes the "appearance of normalcy, precocious ego development,and the absence of identity," (which are also chapters headings), there is no psychosis. According the the authors, a clinician who is unaware of the 'as-if' pathology may have a feeling that something is not quite right with the patient, but be continuously unable to identify it - or to treat it. To add to the elusiveness (of the pathology as well as its diagnosis), the authors write that it's a given that all persons, to greater or lesser extent, experience transient identifications - ideally, on the way to a solid, developed identity. So one of the difficulties that clinicians have in identifying this pathology is that patients often seem pretty "normal." It takes a perceptive - and educated - clinician to competently diagnose and treat these patients. This book would seem to make a sizable contribution to that education. Many examples are provided, in a fluid and readable format.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 1997
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Frustration, anger, and manipulations are often evident when attempting to work with borderline clients. My empathy increased ten-fold as I read and applied the principles of this book. Highly recommended for all mental health professional
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Webb on October 3, 2013
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This book is exactly what is says it is. It is worth reading if you have the quiet borderline personailty disorder.
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7 of 23 people found the following review helpful By MiMatt on September 24, 2009
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Dr. Vance Sherwood was once an employee at Peninsula Village - a long term drug rehab for adolecents, located outside Knoxville, TN.

The average stay at PV is about a year.

Kids are tortured, taught to turn against each other, and verbally and physically abused around the clock.

His liscense to practice medicine should be revoked, and shouldn't even be allowed around children. Anyone who follows the advice in his books, or even recommends them should be brought up on child abuse charges, themselves.

My son (now 34 years old) was once a patient at Peninsula Village between 1992-1993. To this day, he still has nightmares about PV, and has attempted to kill himself 3 times since his release. He is now suffering from PTSD, agoraphobia, and cannot function in crowds.

This man is a disgrace to psychatrists and should be behind bars.
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