Book: Personality Disorders and Mental Illnesses: The Truth About Psychopaths, Sociopaths, and Narcissists

Book Title:

Personality Disorders and Mental Illnesses: The Truth About Psychopaths, Sociopaths, and Narcissists.

Author(s): Clarence T. Rivers.

Year: 2014.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.

Synopsis:

From the ~Unleash the Power of the Mind~ collection and the award winning writer, Clarence T. Rivers, comes a masterful explanation of the mind and the various personality disorders and mental illnesses.

Topics of Discussion

  • Personality Disorders and Mental Illnesses.
  • Psychopathy Defined.
  • Crime and Psychopaths.
  • Psychopaths vs. Sociopaths.
  • Sociopath Defined.
  • The Goal of a Sociopath.
  • The Weaknesses of a Sociopath.
  • Dealing with a Sociopath.
  • Narcissism Defined.
  • The Narcissist in You.
  • The Narcissists of Today.
  • How to Deal with a Narcissist.
  • and much more!

Book: Working Effectively with ‘Personality Disorder’

Book Title:

Working Effectively with ‘Personality Disorder’: Contemporary and Critical Approaches to Clinical and Organisational Practice.

Author(s): Joanne Ramsden (Author and Editor), Sharon Prince (Editor), and Julia Blazdell (Editor).

Year: 2020.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Luminate.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.

Synopsis:

The history of personality disorder services is problematic to say the least. The very concept is under heavy fire, services are often expensive and ineffective, and many service users report feeling that they have been deceived, stigmatised or excluded. Yet while there are inevitably serious (and often destructive) relational challenges involved in the work, creative networks of learning do exist – professionals who are striving to provide progressive, compassionate services for and with this client group.

Working Effectively with Personality Disorder shares this knowledge, articulating an alternative way of working that acknowledges the contemporary debate around diagnosis, reveals flawed assumptions underlying current approaches, and argues for services that work more positively, more holistically and with a wider and more socially focused agenda.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by John Livesley.
  • Introduction (Jo Ramsden, Sharon Prince and Julia Blazdell).
  • PART 1: CONTEMPORARY AND CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON PERSONALITY DISORDER:
    • Chapter 1: Life and Labels: Some Personal Thoughts about Personality Disorder (Sue Sibbald).
    • Chapter 2: Personality Disorder: Breakdown in the Relational Field (Nick Benefield & Rex Haigh).
    • Chapter 3: The Scale of the Problem (Sarah Skett & Kimberley Barlow).
    • Chapter 4: The Politics of Personality Disorder A Critical Realist Account (David Pilgrim).
    • Chapter 5: The Importance of Personal Meaning (Sharon Prince & Sue Ellis).
    • Chapter 6: The Organisation and Its Discontents: In Search of the Fallible and Good Enough Care Enterprise (Jina Barrett).
  • PART 2: GOVERNANCE PRINCIPLES SUPPORTING SERVICES TO ENACT CONTEMPORARY AND CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES:
    • Chapter 7: Access to Services – Moving beyond Specialist Provision while Applying the Learning (Jo Ramsden).
    • Chapter 8: Reimagining Interventions (Alan Hirons & Ruth Sutherland).
    • Chapter 9: Service User Involvement and Co-production in Personality Disorder Services An Invitation to Transcend Re Traumatising Power Politics (Melanie Ann Ball).
    • Chapter 10: Partnership Working (David Harvey & Bernie Tuohy).
    • Chapter 11: Outcomes (Mary McMurran).
    • Chapter 12: Contained and Containing Teams (Jo Ramsden).
    • Chapter 13: Co-Produced Practice Near Learning: Developing Critically Reflective Relational Systems (Neil Gordon).

Book: Psychopathy: An Introduction to Biological Findings and Their Implications

Book Title:

Psychopathy: An Introduction to Biological Findings and Their Implications.

Author(s): Andrea L. Glenn and Adrian Raine.

Year: 2014.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: NYU Press.

Type(s): Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle.

Synopsis:

The last two decades have seen tremendous growth in biological research on psychopathy, a mental disorder distinguished by traits including a lack of empathy or emotional response, egocentricity, impulsivity, and stimulation seeking. But how does a psychopath’s brain work? What makes a psychopath?

Psychopathy provides a concise, non-technical overview of the research in the areas of genetics, hormones, brain imaging, neuropsychology, environmental influences, and more, focusing on explaining what we currently know about the biological foundations for this disorder and offering insights into prediction, intervention, and prevention. It also offers a nuanced discussion of the ethical and legal implications associated with biological research on psychopathy. How much of this disorder is biologically based? Should offenders with psychopathic traits be punished for their crimes if we can show that biological factors contribute? The text clearly assesses the conclusions that can and cannot be drawn from existing biological research, and highlights the pressing considerations this research demands.

Book: Handbook of Psychopathy

Book Title:

Handbook of Psychopathy.

Author(s): Christopher J. Patrick (Editor).

Year: 2018.

Edition: Second (2nd).

Publisher: Guildford Press.

Type(s): Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Widely considered the go-to reference – and now extensively revised with over 65% new material – this authoritative handbook surveys the landscape of current knowledge on psychopathy and addresses essential clinical and applied topics. Leading researchers explore major theoretical models; symptomatology and diagnostic subtypes; assessment methods; developmental pathways; and causal influences, from genes and neurobiology to environmental factors. The volume examines manifestations of psychopathy in specific populations as well as connections to antisocial behaviour and recidivism. It presents contemporary perspectives on prevention and treatment and discusses special considerations in clinical and forensic practice.

New to This Edition

  • Extensively revised with more than a decade’s theoretical, empirical, and clinical advances.
  • Many new authors and topics.
  • Expanded coverage of phenotypic facets, with chapters on behavioural disinhibition, callous–unemotional traits, and boldness.
  • Chapters on DSM-5, clinical interviewing, cognitive and emotional processing, and serial murder.
  • Significantly updated coverage of aetiology, assessment methods, neuroimaging research, and adult and juvenile treatment approaches.

Book: Psychopathy – A Very Short Introduction

Book Title:

Psychopathy – A Very Short Introduction.

Author(s): Essi Viding.

Year: 2019.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: OUP Oxford.

Type(s): Paperback, Audiobook, and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has long captured the public imagination. Newspaper column inches have been devoted to murderers with psychopathic features, and we also encounter psychopaths in films and books. Individuals with psychopathy are characterised in particular by lack of empathy and guilt, manipulation of other people and, in the case of criminal psychopathy, premeditated violent behaviour. They are dangerous and can incur immeasurable emotional, psychological, physical, and financial costs to their victims and their families. Despite the public fascination with psychopathy, there is often a very limited understanding of the condition, and several myths about psychopathy abound. For example, people commonly assume that all psychopaths are sadistic serial killers or that all violent and antisocial individuals are psychopaths. Yet, research shows that most psychopaths are not serial killers, and, equally, there are plenty of antisocial and violent offenders who are not psychopaths. This Very Short Introduction gives an overview of how we can identify individuals with or at risk of developing psychopathy, and how they differ from other people who display antisocial behaviour. Essi Viding also explores the latest genetic, neuroscience, and psychology evidence in order to illuminate why psychopaths behave and develop the way they do, and considers whether it is possible to prevent or even treat psychopathy.