Distancing: avoidant personality disorder / Martin Kantor. — Rev. and expanded p. cm. ISBN 0–––X (alk. paper). 1. Avoidant personality disorder. 2. Distancing has 32 ratings and 2 reviews. Carolina said: Even though I absolutely related to most of the examples, I expected to find some comfort reading. 1 quote from Distancing: Avoidant Personality Disorder, 2nd Edition: ‘Therefore, while social phobics and patients with AvPD both avoid out of fear, the.

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Kantor focuses on a misunderstood but common condition that brings severe and pervasive anxiety about social contacts and relationships. He offers psychotherapists a specific method for helping avoidants overcome their fear of closeness and commitments, and offers a guide for avoidants themselves to use for developing lasting, intimate, anxiety-free relationships. Fear of intimacy and commitment keeps avoidants from forming close, meaningful relationships.

Kantor takes us through the history of this disorder, and into clinical treatment rooms, to see and hear how avoidants think, feel, and recover. 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. Acceptance is feared as much as rejection, because avoidants fear compromising their identity and losing personal freedom.

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Kantor has been active with residency training programs at hospitals including Massachusetts General and Beth Israel in New York.

He is the author of 11 other books, including Passive Aggression Praeger, and Homophobia Praeger, Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.

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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 This book is nothing short of brilliant.


It is a must-read for anyone who is interested in human interaction. Product details File Size: November 30, Sold by: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 14 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. It is OK, but it is very plodding and slow reading.

I thing this subject would be better absorbed in a college classroom rather than a book. I don’t really recommend the book.

This book has been the only book I could find about the topic of avoidant personality disorder. There are many books that are written about the other personality disorders, but most only speak very briefly on avoidants. This book has a lot of information that is difficult to find anywhere else. As a matter of fact, the information itself is different then what can be found from other resources such as the internet.

This book can be confusing to someone without a good grasp on what personality disorders are. For people familiar with PDs this book will provide a wealth of new information that goes beyond common knowledge of avpd.

Ordered this book along with the next one Same interviews of the same patience. The essential guide to overcoming AvPD gives vague suggestions on what the Dr.

As far as where to go and what to do He has a strict opinion that almost sounds like he is making fun of the the avoidant I am not suffering from this but my son is and my hopes were high when I ordered these books. Looking for insight and answers to get him the help he needs. I was becoming confused reading these books. I don’t care what strange beliefs his patients have Almost like he was trying to fill the pages with something to say Not a very good writer.

AvPD patience have strange beliefs. They are truly scared disordrr shaken in the presence of others. They have highly sensitive nervous systems and can’t just think differently because he thinks they should.

I would’ve liked to hear about people he has helped and that have made progress. Don’t waste your money with this book. This book is an incoherent fantasy with no basis. Better to read Nahman Williams’ booklet. Millon’s “Disorders of Personality” also has a very informative chapter on Avoidant Personality Disorder. Clinicians, researchers, and students seeking a clear picture of what Avoicant looks like and how it functions will find no such depiction in this book.


Kantor relies on pop-psychology ideals and strays lightyears away from the actual, accepted DSM-IV-R criteria for the disorder.

Distancing: Avoidant Personality Disorder, 2nd Edition by Martin Kantor

There are virtually NO empirical data given to support Kantor’s claims. Instead, he heavily emphasizes Freudian writings esp. In fact, pesronality a third of his references are from Freud; other references include fictional works such as “Madame Bovary. Science is all but absent from this book. Kantor is clearly out of touch with the scientific community. The psychiatric and psychological literatures are in desperate need of a solid, in-depth examination of AvPD; this book isn’t it.

If you still want to read this book, get it at the library. You’ll quickly learn it’s not worth the fifty-some dollars you’d spend. The book is great for differentiating the subtle differences among the many similar personality disorders.

For that reason alone it’s worth the hefty price knowing what classification your symptoms fall under. However, not revisfd into the book my antennae came up. What’s with all pefsonality gay stuff? Not only does he present an equal number or more?

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I later assume from what I’ve read about him he is gay himself so that solves the mystery. See all 14 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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