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With his penetrating theory of personality and his nuanced understanding of the psychotherapeutic relationship, David Shapiro has influenced clinicians across the theoretical spectrum since the publication of Neurotic Styles in 1965. This influence is on vivid display in Personality and Psychopathology, as noted contemporary theorists critically evaluate his work in a fascinating dialogue with Shapiro himself. Starting with a crucial therapeutic observation―the centrality of the relationship between what the client says in session and how it is said―contributors revisit his core concepts regarding personality development, the prevolitional aspects of psychopathology, the limits to self-understanding, and the defensive uses of self-deception in light of current psychodynamic, evolutionary, and systems theory. Shapiro’s replies, and the contributors’ rejoinders, highlight points of departure and agreement and provide further clarification and extension of his ideas on a wide range of salient topics, including: The experience of autonomy in schizophrenia. Defensive thinking to prevent dreaded states of mind. The linguistics of self-deceptive speech. Self-deception as a reproductive strategy. Intentionality and craving in addiction. The subjective experience of hypomania. Personality and Psychopathology affords psychotherapists and research psychologists not only a unique opportunity to gain insight into Shapiro’s contributions, but also new lenses for re-examining their own work.

With his penetrating theory of personality and his nuanced understanding of the psychotherapeutic relationship, David Shapiro has influenced clinicians across the theoretical spectrum since the publication of Neurotic Styles in 1965. This influence is on vivid display in Personality and Psychopathology, as noted contemporary theorists critically evaluate his work in a fascinating dialogue with Shapiro himself. Starting with a crucial therapeutic observation―the centrality of the relationship between what the client says in session and how it is said―contributors revisit his core concepts regarding personality development, the prevolitional aspects of psychopathology, the limits to self-understanding, and the defensive uses of self-deception in light of current psychodynamic, evolutionary, and systems theory. Shapiro’s replies, and the contributors’ rejoinders, highlight points of departure and agreement and provide further clarification and extension of his ideas on a wide range of salient topics, including: • The experience of autonomy in schizophrenia. • Defensive thinking to prevent dreaded states of mind. • The linguistics of self-deceptive speech. • Self-deception as a reproductive strategy. • Intentionality and craving in addiction. • The subjective experience of hypomania. Personality and Psychopathology affords psychotherapists and research psychologists not only a unique opportunity to gain insight into Shapiro’s contributions, but also new lenses for re-examining their own work.

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  • Craig Piers(Editor)
  • Springer; 2011 edition (February 2, 2013)
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  • By Polly Scarvalone, Ph.D. on August 16, 2012

    This is a remarkable book, not only because it allows us to examine the clinical theory of David Shapiro, one of the most influential writers on psychopathology, but it presents his work in dialogue with many other significant voices in the field. These are intellectual conversations in which psychodynamic contributors review an aspect of Shapiro's theory--such as personality, self-deception, psychotherapy or psychosis--and discuss how their work converges or diverges from Shapiro's. David Shapiro then replies, and the conversation ends with a rejoinder. This innovative structure allows Shapiro's inimitable voice to be heard clearly, incisively, and with all its persuasiveness. It is the closest I can imagine to being in a room with him and exploring a topic of mutual interest (full disclosure: I was a member of the graduate faculty when David Shapiro was chair of the New School's clinical psychology department, and so can attest to the authenticity of this voice.)Personality and Psychopathology: Critical Dialogues with David Shapiro deserves to be read by everyone in the field for its intelligence and integration of the theoretical, empirical and clinical. It brings to life Shapiro's contribution to the literature--not only as a distinguished teacher, theorist and practitioner but as a psychoanalytic writer who describes complex ideas with wit and lucidity. As an added value, Shapiro offers an autobiographical account of his intellectual development that illuminates the political tensions of the 1950s. I highly recommend this valuable volume to any student of psychoanalytic thinking.

  • By Nate Thorn, Psy.D. on May 24, 2012

    Personally, I have found Craig Piers's "Personality and Psychopathology" to be both intellectually stimulating and highly relevant to clinical work. (I have reread several chapters.) This text puts David Shapiro's insightful contributions in contextual relationship with the work of major contemporary psychoanalytic thinkers to the benefit of all. The critical dialogues between Shapiro and his contemporaries brings greater clarity to Shapiro's work, revealing both common ground and disagreement with each respective interlocutor. While the starting place is always the influential work of David Shapiro, the topics are far-reaching and the reader is treated to a variety of perspectives. Highly recommended.


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