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Character Styles 1st Edition
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Character Styles includes revised chapters from Characterological Transformation, Humanizing the Narcissistic Style and The Symbiotic Character, but the addition here of chapters on masochistic, hysterical and obsessive-compulsive characters makes the entire series a little masterpiece. Dr. Johnson's work seems to have grown most out of The Symbiotic Character since, as he writes, "the strategies found successful in liberating the symbiotic character can be of nearly universal significance." The first books in the series contain diagrams for energetic body work based on Reich and Lowen that are curiously missing here.Read more ›
Johnson's work constitute his attempt at constructing a paradigm shift in the sense that he proposes a cohesive integration of psychoanalytic developmental models as a move away from classical drive psychoanalysis. It is at once aesthetically stimulating and immanently useful. It is hard to agree with everything he says, but a paradigm shift is a very ambitious project.
I think it is pretty challenging reading--for the professional or the very dedicated. However, those who stick with it are likely to learn something about themselves (he speaks of "styles" rather than just extreme "personality disorders"), learn valuable lessons about parenting, and understand their relationships better. I agree with a previous reviewer's comment that it is a treasure.
The amount of work behind that book must be impressive. Written with understanding and compassion, this is a wonderful book for layman and professional alike.
I'm just out of words to convey my admiration for Stephen Johnson. The West Coast is lucky to have him and his practice there. I live in Boston and wish I had access to this brilliant psychoterapist as a student or a patient on behalf of somebody else, but who knows, maybe I need it too :-)
The book discusses the most destructive personality types and explains how those personalities were formed in childhood. It also talks how these people should be treated, and the obstacles that therapists and other helpers face with such individuals. Worth every dollar!
I would only ask Dr. Johnson what happens to the character of the person when they were overindulged as a child -- not excessively controlled or abused as is the case with most people who have personality disorders,
Also, the picture on the dust jacket of this book is quite silly and irrelevant -- bu that's the publisher's fault.
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This is a fundamental basic reference about therapy.
I have practices psychotherapy in SF for over 25 years, and I use this book with all my interns to help them develop a map... Read more
Excellent book. The bible of the corporal psycotherapy It fulfilled my expectations.Published 21 months ago by Fabiola Bonilla
This book is taught at a psychotherapy institute, and my classmates ALL love this book. Very approachable and clear, great style.Published on May 29, 2014 by brownsteindl
Take your time to read this book. It is meaty and takes a bit of chewing, but the protein is well worth it.Published on February 27, 2014 by Lori J.
This is not an easy read, but its worth it. It's a masterful discussion of different types of personality defenses, and helps immeasurably in understanding and accepting the awful... Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by J Brooktondale
I refer to this book frequently when dealing with clients and people who drive me crazy - it is truly and excellent resource.Published on August 1, 2013 by Andy Hunter
Next to Alexander Lowen, Stephen M Johnson is the clearest, most sincere and most honest writer on human functioning available. Read morePublished on September 30, 2011 by Passionate Therapist