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