- Hardcover: 226 pages
- Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (April 30, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0275974227
- ISBN-13: 978-0275974220
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,848,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Although the mere existence of Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder is a matter of some debate, psychiatrist Kantor affirms its existence and attempts to bring it into clinical focus. He outlines the disorder based on observed behavior and on insights into origins and reasons for the behavior. The effect on victims is then discussed, with a chapter on how to identify 'pseudovictims.' Finally, an eclectic treatment plan for passive-aggressives and victims is presented, one that focuses on here-and-now interpersonal manifestations of longstanding mntrapsychic conflicts and incorporates adapted cognitive-behavioral methods. - SciTech Book News
About the Author
Martin Kantor, MD is a Harvard psychiatrist who has been in full private practice in Boston and New York City, and active in residency training programs at several hospitals, including Massachusetts General and Beth Israel in New York. He also served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical School and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey―New Jersey Medical School. He is currently a full-time medical author, the author of more than a dozen other books, including Homophobia, Second Edition (Praeger 2009); Uncle Sam's Shame: Inside the Veteran's Administration (Praeger 2008); Lifting the Weight: Understanding Depression in Men: Its Causes and Solutions (Praeger 2007); The Psychopathy of Everyday Life: How Antisocial Personality Disorder Affects All of Us (Praeger, 2006); Understanding Paranoia: A Guide for Professional, Families, and Sufferers (Praeger 2004); Distancing: Avoidant Personality Disorder, Revised and Expanded (Praeger, 2003), Passive-Aggression: A Guide for the Therapist, the Patient, and the Victim (Praeger, 2002), Treating Emotional Disorder in Gay Men (Praeger, 1999), and Homophobia (Praeger, 1998).
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This book helped change my life. I started opting out of the cycle, and got into therapy for myself. The passive-aggressive in my life (my spouse) was startled into getting treatment too. Now two years later, my spouse in on antidepressants and in therapy, and I am in therapy. I am well into a multi-year plan to getting an education and career to become financially independent. I feel stronger every day. It's a wonderful life.
The best part is that my spouse, once he saw that I really was not playing the part of victim anymore in his emotional abuse, started getting his life together. It looks like we may very well continue to stay married even after I am financially self-sufficient, because he is no longer abusive. He's actually a very decent guy and a good friend again.
EMDR and CBT are as much a part of his recovery as the antidepressants, but he never would have even sought any treatment if I hadn't found Kantor's book. It is heavily underlined, and when I was so tempted to jump back into the predictable cycle victims of PAPD follow, I would go in a back room and read that chapter over and over. Not responding was hard, but I did it, thanks to Kantor's astute observations.
Now I truly am independent of heart. I take care of myself and meet my own needs, and by doing so, I am a much happier person. I am not easily manipulated, and by not depending on my spouse for anything, his procrastination and disappearing in time of need cause me no problems. I love this new way of being.
Thanks, Dr. Kantor!
A unique finding was the book's glimpse of how the therapist can also be PA towards it client;and how the therapist can miss the PA in a person diagnosis.
regarding passive-aggression (PA).
I am not educated in psychology, but rather am a lay person who is a victim of PA. Thus, I speak here regarding what is available to non-professionals on this topic. I have done an exhaustive search for information and found the few other sources available to be somewhat helpful, but not even comparable to this book.
Though I am normally reserved in recommending anything to anyone, I'm comfortable saying that anyone who even suspects that they are impacted by PA should read this book. I have discussed the book with several psychology professionals and they concur that it has helped me immensely in my understanding of the loved ones whose PA impacts me and how it impacts myself and others.