A Guide to Avoidance and Avoidant Personality Disorder
By Martin Kantor
Praeger Publishers. Westport, Conn. 1993.
** Description **
While it is not surprising that in today's world
avoidance (or distancing) has become so widespread that people assign greater
importance to their possessions than their relationships, what is surprising is
the extent to which avoidance has been overlooked, misunderstood, and/or downplayed.
This book provides an in-depth look at avoidance and Avoidant Personality disorder (APD).
The author studies the avoidant in the real world and habitat and evolves a dedicated,
eclectic, action-oriented therapeutic approach. Kantor believes it is important to move
away from individual components of avoidance, such as fear of rejection or
low self-esteem, and to study and treat the avoidant "gestalt" for which the
proper treatment is avoidance reduction. Components of the psychoanalytic,
cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, and supportive approaches that involve
"doing" or action, are emphasized.
** Table of Contents **
-- Description and Dynamics
-- Why Has Avoidant Personality Disorder Received So Little Attention?
-- The Literature
-- Descriptive Mental Status
-- Dynamics of Avoidance
-- Late APD
-- Preferential Avoidance
-- Avoidant People
-- Sociocultural Manifestations
-- The Contribution of Avoidance to Other Disorders
-- Psychotic Spectrum Avoidance
-- Neurotic Spectrum Avoidance
-- Characterological Spectrum Avoidance
-- Features of Avoidance Reduction
-- Establishing Goals
-- Specific Techniques of Avoidance Reduction
-- Therapeutic Errors
-- Direct Advice to the Avoidant
** Author **
MARTIN KANTOR is a Psychiatrist on the staff of the Department of Veterans
Affairs, Medical Center, East Orange, NJ.