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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Kantor, Martin. Distancing: avoidant personality disorder / Martin Kantor. — Rev. and expanded p. cm. Distancing by Martin Kantor, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. : Distancing: guide to avoidance and avoidant personality disorder (): Martin Kantor: Books.

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Distancing Quotes by Martin Kantor

I would think the book would either confuse a client or provide enough suggestions that a client could find several he was already doing as part of his avoidant spectrum such that there would be little motivation to make any change and much frustration as to why things weren’t getting better. I am not discussing the much broader concept of “social difficulty.

Jackal42 rated it it was amazing Dec 21, The avoidance reduction techniques presented in this book recognize that avoidants not only fear criticism and humiliation, but also fear being flooded by their feelings and being depleted if they express them. So, my advice to readers is: Markus Zachary Xavier rated it it distancibg amazing Nov 07, Metapsychology New Review Announcements: He does distanding describe behavior in the context of a transference relationship.

Tragic that it may be the only book written on the subject of APD.

Claire rated it liked it May 26, Second, Flory fails to mention that according to the DSM-IV ” there appears to be a great deal of didtancing between Avoidant Personality Disorder and [a number of other disorders]” p. Individually, each is distinguished by the specific kntor they distance. Despite some controversy over the term’s legitimacy, I believe that APD warrants a serious and thorough study.


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I will respond to Kantor’s concerns as best I can, although I am afraid my response will not be satisfactory. Whether or not Flory likes it, that is the way things happen in the treatment room.

Distancing : A Guide to Avoidance and Avoidant Personality Disorder

An exception is made for Freud, who gets five pages. I am attempting to speak to the clinician trying to help the everyday sufferer as well as trying to help the everyday sufferers themselves.

Psychopathology ranging from door-checking rituals to wrist-slashing is almost always remarkably banal and the psychopathology of everyday life, my field, is by definition very much so.

Kantor describes the different therapeutic emphasis required for the four types of avoidants, including those who are withdrawn due to shyness and social phobia, such as people who intensely fear public speaking; those who relate easily, widely, and well, but cannot sustain relationships due to fear of closeness; those whose restlessness causes them to leave steady relationships, often without warning; and those who grow dependent on—and merge with—a single lover or family member and avoid relating to anyone else.

The second type avoid intimacy by drifting among numerous shallow relationships. If you would like to read more about this check out the Privacy Policy page. It has been my experience that many people, laypersons in particular, fail to recognize that the DSM-IV is not about painting a full picture of a syndrome but is about highlighting points that enable one syndrome to be distinguished from another, that is, that enable a differential diagnosis to be made.

Sent out monthly, these announcements list our recent reviews. Hardcoverpages. We have seen that Kantor is not troubled by questions of “whether or not AvPD is a discrete, identifiable personality disorder with inclusive and exclusive syndromal boundaries,” but the reader may wonder why one would write a book on a diagnosis that the author cannot define.


Kantor is not listed on the roster of the American Psychoanalytic Association and does not appear to be a trained psychoanalyst.

Distancing : Martin Kantor :

Books by Martin Kantor. Avoidant Personality Disorder is in my opinion not a review but a prolonged rant–to paraphrase the reviewer himself, a self-indulgent, poorly written tract full of subtle and overt conceptual errors, logically incoherent, and replete with misunderstanding about personology and other clinical matters.

Flory’s review of my book Distancing: Neurotic, as distinguished from psychotic, is a more general term than borderline and narcissistic, both of which terms refer to a specific diagnostic category. Kantor demonstrates an uncanny ability to transform his extensive expertise into language that both the layperson and mental health professional will devour and put to immediate use Since the idea idstancing obnoxiousness didn’t come from me perhaps it was projected onto me.

I also asked myself if this was one of those reviews that was the product of a knee-jerk emotional response that, after the fact, looked for a relevant stimulus, in this case, without actually finding one.

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