I wonder if the price is so ridiculously high because this is classified as a textbook. In years of undergrad and grad school, almost all "textbooks" I've come across are clear examples of price gouging.
I was wondering the very same thing! I'd love to read it, but don't really want to be gouged. Although I get the "textbook pricing" as a hypothesis, this book doesn't at all sound textbook-y to me, for lack of a better term. The only thing I can figure is that it may be out of print, and used copies are not easy to find. Although I do understand the concept of supply and demand, $37 for paper and particularly, $35 for the Kindle version does seem to be verging on exploitation/gouging. I may try to see if I can get this on interlibrary loan. Oh and I forgot, Amazon also offers the option to "rent" it for $24!!! Wow. I'm going to check a couple of online used book sellers again, too. But the last time I checked, no one was offering a better price.
Thanks, Julie! I suppose it's possible some programs in psychology or counseling or social work could be using this as a text for a course.
UPDATE: I did manage to get the book on interlibrary loan and read it in a day or two--it was hard to put it down. It was uncanny how closely my mother fits the profile of a Waif. I doubt that she would ever accept or believe that she has anything other than Bipolar disorder, which is what she has been diagnosed with, but I believe she must have BPD, possibly in addition to Bipolar. But whether she ever accepts it or understands it, it will help ME to understand some of her crazy-making ways. I will definitely be buying this book, for myself and so I can share it with my sister (the all-bad child to my all-good) and with our aunt who has to deal with Mom on a regular basis.