Therapist’s Guide to the Personality Disorders

A Therapist’s Guide to the Personality Disorders Book Cover A Therapist’s Guide to the Personality Disorders
James F. Masterson, M.D.
Zeig, Tucker & Theisen

This volume features clear, concise chapters from experts on the Masterson approach (including Masterson) to treating what are often our most challenging clients. In reading it, we are encouraged to think more deeply about the development of who we are and we are also supported in our efforts to apply the concepts in our practices by the inclusion of the workbook questionnaire. Masterson’s seminal contributions have never been made clearer or more relevant.
— Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Author of Breaking the Patterns of Depression and Trancework: An Introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis (3rd edition)

In this remarkable book, James Masterson offers a concise theoretical overview, informative updating, and extremely practical application of his ongoing work on the etiology and treatment of developmental arrests of the self. Expanding this model, skilled clinicians give vivid case examples of how Masterson’s theories can be clinically implemented in effective treatment of borderline, narcissistic, and schizoid personality disorders.
— Allan N. Schore, Ph.D., Dept. of Psychiatry and Biobehaviorial Sciences, U. of California at Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine.

This groundbreaking volume, featuring a 160+ self-assessment review questionnaire, presents an overview of the basic tenets of James Masterson’s work. Written by Masterson himself along with members of his faculty, the book covers not only pertinent developmental theory and milestones in its evolution, but there are important discussions of its fundamental concepts; differential diagnosis; the etiology and treatment of the Borderline, Narcissistic, and Schizoid Disorders; the role of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; and countertransference.

Personality Disorders Through the Lens of Attachment Theory

Personality Disorders Through the Lens of Attachment Theory Book Cover Personality Disorders Through the Lens of Attachment Theory
James F. Masterson, M.D.
Zeig, Tucker & Theisen

The culmination of 40 years of research on the personality disorders, this book documents
the breakthrough integration that has brought Dr. Masterson’s theory into its fullest possible
dimension. Initially descriptive, it evolved into a developmental theory, then into a developmental
object relations theory, and, finally, into a developmental self and object relations
theory. Now, with the recent emergence of attachment theory and the theory of the neurobiologic
development of the self, the picture is complete and a clear and comprehensive statement
depicting the origin and development of the personality disorders has taken shape.
Dr. Masterson and his fine team of coauthors have assembled a rich and comprehensive
volume that features discussions of transference and countertransference, consciousness,
mother-infant attachment, the psychotherapy of trauma, therapeutic neutrality under challenge,
among many other important topics.

“This outstanding text, spearheaded by one of the foremost authorities of our time on personality disorders, is the culmination of four decades of clinical observation and research. Integrating the latest information from attachment theory and neurobiological development, Masterson and his colleagues have created a well-crafted text that is a must-read for serious students,researchers, and clinicians of all contemporary modalities of treatment. Surely destined to become a classic!”
– Frank M. Dattilio, Ph.D., ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School