Avoidant Personality Disorder is a mental health condition that can affect a patient in all aspects of life, from self-perception to perception of. Avoidant personality disorder (AvPD) is a Cluster C personality disorder. Those affected display .. Distancing: A Guide to Avoidance and Avoidant Personality Disorder. Westport, Conn: Praeger Publishers. ^ Sederer, Lloyd I. (). Blueprints. Read the full-text online edition of Distancing: Avoidant Personality Disorder ( ).

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The complaints of symptoms of chronic fatigue in avoidants Epstein-Barr avoidance such as, “I am tired all the time” can be code for “Don’t bother me, I prefer to stay asleep. Second, Flory fails to mention that according to the DSM-IV ” there appears to be a great deal of overlap between Avoidant Personality Disorder and [a number lersonality other disorders]” p.

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.

Distancing Avoidant Personality Disorder

To contact him, use one of the forms available here. Even though I absolutely related to most of the examples, I expected to find some comfort reading through this book. Kantor never explains why sales clerks who are reluctant to search the stockroom, people who carry expensive tote bags and individuals who prefer not to pick up dates at the gym are expressing “fear of closeness and commitment,” as opposed to fatigue, bad manners, or simply a normal personality that rubs the author the wrong way.

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The avoidant personality has been described in several sources as far back as the early s, although it was not so named for some time. This doesn’t paint a rosy picture of the avoidant, but so be it. He is the author of 11 other books, including Passive Aggression Praeger, and Homophobia Praeger, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.

Published May 20, 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.


Archived from the original on We feature over in-depth reviews of a wide range of books and DVDs written by our reviewers from many backgrounds and perspectives. I have simply recognized that different observers don’t agree on avoiadnt exact parameters of AvPD. Laurence Dubois rated it it was ok May 14, For the believers, Kantor describes four types of avoidants. A number of patients often have traumatic childhood experiences and felt rejected by parents and peers while growing up.

He does not describe behavior in the context of a transference relationship.

Individuals with the disorder tend to describe themselves as uneasy, anxious, lonely, unwanted, and isolated from others. They prefer jobs that allow them to be in less contact with others. Kantor argues that AvPD is a serious and pervasive disorder that “creates as much interpersonal difficulty as schizoid remoteness, depressive withdrawal, and borderline ambivalence, and causes as much social distress as ignorance and poverty” i.

Return to Book Page. A Population-Based Twin Study”. 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.

Distancing: Avoidant Personality Disorder, 2nd Edition

For example, an avoidant guilty about her sexual wishes projected them, and the self-blame for having them, onto others, to develop a symptomatic preoccupation with being sexually harassed, which in her case meant, “See, I don’t want to do it with you, and to prove it I chastise you severely for wanting, and trying to force me into, it.

Flory Apr 28th Volume 9, Issue Retrieved 7 September Kantor focuses distanding a misunderstood but common condition that brings severe and pervasive anxiety about social contacts and relationships. Archived at the Wayback Machine. The Shy Type I avoidants are people who find it difficult to form relationships and prefer to live in isolation.

People with AvPD are preoccupied with their own shortcomings and form relationships with others only if they believe they will not be rejected. Many people have found that they relate to it, and the objections that Flory raises in his review don’t even enter their minds. Other Type II avoidants are the hypomanics who get into relationships, one after perrsonality other and who will just get into a relationship with anyone that comes along.


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

Flory says that “As a rule, there is no theoretical argument behind any of Kantor’s pronouncements. Alba rated it did not like it Jan 28, The reviewer notes that there is a troubling overlap between my four types of avoidance and other disorders. Robin Guest rated it it was ok Nov 02, In chronic fatigue in avoidance this attack is an in-character sign that the patient wants to hurt another person, as is his or her style, simply because this other person tries to get close, and offer help.

Marsha rated it it was ok Mar 30, Kantor argues that the standard definition of AvPD is inadequate, and should be broadened to include all persistent patterns pdrsonality socially maladaptive behavior. Yes, I did say that bigotry is the ultimate in avoidance, but how is this persohality attempt to medicalize everything that I feel is wrong with other people? Kantor has been active with residency training programs at hospitals including Massachusetts General and Beth Israel in New York.

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Cluster C personality disorders Personality disorders Psychiatric diagnosis. It is contended by some that they are merely different conceptualisations of the same disorder, where avoidant personality disorder may represent the more severe form. There is a “mighty struggle” between ” believers who identify a discrete syndrome and nonbelievers who do not” 4, emphasis in original. Please support us by making your Amazon.

Kantor focuses on a misunderstood but common condition that brings severe and pervasive anxiety about social contacts and relationships.