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  1. Good article. I’m no therapist, but I’m definitely interested in this “paradigm shift.” Ever since I read “In Sheep’s Clothing” and a few other articles you’ve written, I realized I was getting nowhere thinking (hoping?) these disturbed characters could be spoken to/reasoned with like a “neurotic.” Anyway, after giving disturbed characters the benefit of the doubt for so long, I’m thankful to have resources that teach me how to better communicate with them and see-through some of their behavior (i.e. covert aggression). Good to see your other book is available for Kindle. I’ll have to get it today.

    1. Thank you, Carolyn for sharing your experience and for your kind words. I hope you find the new book helpful, also. There are some examples in it of how disturbed characters can be engaged within the new paradigm.

  2. Now if we could only find these therapists who are willing to embrace this new concept in our area…. that would be a help!

    1. Good point, Sherrie, and unfortunately true. But the kind of therapists you seek are out there, you just really have to do your homework to find them. And, unfortunately, even some who are knowledgeable and “talk the talk” about the new paradigms don’t necessarily “walk the walk” in practice. As time goes by, however, this will have to change. There simply are too many folks experiencing the same problems and the same frustration with the failure of traditional approaches.

  3. I am a social worker, not a therapist, & I find this absolutely true. I work with a diverse population assisting clients in identifying & overcoming their barriers to employment & self-sufficiency : those just out of prison and/or w/significant criminal background from the past, single parents in the “welfare-to-work” program, people getting other public assistance (food stamps), those who have been chronically unemployed or underemployed for no identifiable reason, etc etc. I would say only a percentage of a percentage of the populations I work with don’t have character disorders to overcome. Many of them come to me with packets of info about their personality disorders etc from their psych assessments, but I very often disagree with the psychologist that the route to overcoming & being self-sufficient for them is through therapy for these disorders. A huge number of them simply have character problems. A few are motivated & insightful & overcome those. Most don’t, because they are just used to being who they are. The old Chinese proverb of ” a fish doesn’t know it’s in water. “

    1. Thanks for the comments, Marti. My experience matches yours quite a bit with this population. I’m still amazed, however, how different working with such folks became once I made the “paradigm shift,” and how many folks I never imagined would change began to reshape their lives. I have examples of this in “Character Disturbance.”

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