Interpersonal Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders

Second Edition

Lorna Smith Benjamin
Foreword by Allen Frances

December 18, 2002
ISBN 9781572308602
Price: $52.00
431 Pages
Size: 6⅛" x 9¼"
Copyright Date: 1996

This influential work helps clinicians resolve questions of overlap among diagnostic categories, offers specific and sensible suggestions for treatment interventions, and describes common transference problems in therapy.

“After reading this book, therapists...will likely find their diagnostic skills enhanced and their conceptualization efforts more sophisticated, experience a heightened sense of empathy for their patients' difficulties in living, and find their treatment efforts more efficacious.”

Contemporary Psychology

“For those of us who practice psychotherapy and especially who work with the personality disorders, this book will be an invaluable tool.”

American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

Table of Contents

I. Basic Concepts

1. Introduction and Overview

2. History and Assumptions of the Approach

3. The Harmonics of Therapy

4. The Interviewing and Treatment Methods

II. DSM Cluster B, the Dramatic, Erratic Group

5. Borderline Personality Disorder

6. Narcissistic Personality Disorder

7. Histrionic Personality Disorder

8. Antisocial Personality Disorder

III. DSM Cluster C, the Anxious, Fearful Group

9. Dependent Personality Disorder

10. Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

11. Negativistic Personality (Disorder): Personality Disorder, NOS

12. Avoidant Personality Disorder

IV. DSM Cluster A, the Odd, Eccentric Group

13. Paranoid Personality Disorder

14. Schizoid and Schizotypal Personality Disorders

V. Divergences

15. Category Overlap, Residual Categories, and Other Issues

Appendix: Summary of Diagnostic and Differential


About the Author

Lorna Smith Benjamin, PhD, is Professor Emerita of Psychology at the University of Utah and Founder of the Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy Clinic at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI). She has a small private practice, serves as a consultant at UNI, and gives workshops on psychotherapy with difficult cases.


Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, residents in psychiatry, and graduate students in clinical psychology and social work.

Serves as a text for courses in psychopathology, personality, and personality disorders.

Course Use

Serves as a text for courses in psychopathology, personality, and personality disorders.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

First Edition, © 1993
ISBN: 9780898629903
New to this edition: