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978-0-7657-0409-2 • Hardback • October 2006 • $131.00 • (£101.00)
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Les Barbanell, Ph.D. received his doctoral degree from Columbia University and trained in psychoanalysis at the New Jersey Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis where he is a faculty member, supervisor and control analyst. He is currently in private practice in Fort Lee, New Jersey and is a member of the New Jersey Psychological Association.
Part 1 The Inborn Ability to Protect the Self
Chapter 2 Psychological and Emotional Survival
Chapter 3 The Benign and Pathological Use of Masks
Chapter 4 The Choice of Protective Strategies
Chapter 5 From Identity to Catastrophe: When the Masks Fail to Protect
Part 6 Kindness and Deception
Chapter 7 Diagnosis of the Caretaker Personality Disorder
Chapter 8 CPD and Other Clinical States
Chapter 9 The Psychotherapist with CPD
Part 10 Treatment
Chapter 11 Obstacles Towards Discarding the False Self
Chapter 12 Treatment and the Shift Toward Self-Focus
Chapter 13 Observing and Measuring Indicators of Change
In his strikingly accessible language, Dr. Barbanell uncovers and elegantly elaborates what lies at the base of many individuals' relentless quest to help, to give, to empathize, and to heal. His investigation of the caretaking personality, particularly in light of its historical and traumatic antecedents, substantially deepens our understanding of the dynamics of human accommodation and its intent to preclude rejection and abandonment. Dr. Barbanell creatively explores and describes the developmental implications of the caretaking personality, who, with help, may strive to reach beyond the mandates and strictures of being-for-others and to restore instead a sense of self in relation to others that is centered on a balance of give-and-receive, eventuating in a more authentic connection with others. Especially compelling is Dr. Barbanell's practical elucidation of the vicissitudes of and necessity for our continuing search for human relatedness and authenticity.
— William J. Coburn Ph.D, Psy.D., editor, International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology
Les Barbanell reveals a new and shocking defense mechanism that individuals use to hide psychological conflicts. The care taker personality disorder helps explain why an accommodating, sacrificing individual, who is always concerned with others, can end up miserable and feeling incomplete. A must read for anyone in the helping professions.
— United States Association For Body Psychotherapy Newsletter
At the risk of appearing too nice, I recommend this book as a potential source of intriguing ideas about selfishness, selflessness, and understanding the true self.
— Michaell Jaffe, Ph.D.; Nj Psychologist
Barbanell delineates the pathological side of selflessness and argues, as the title suggests, excessive kindness can serve as a psychological mechanism for concealing emotional problems. Working from a psychoanalytic framework, and supporting his arguments with abundant clinical case material, the author effectively charts the defining characteristics of a heretofore-unrecognized diagnostic category: caretaker personality disorder (CPD). Barbanell acknowledges that aspects of this personality pattern have been noted before, though they have not been thought of as a distinct psychiatric syndrome. The book is organized into three sections: the first deals with the etiology and psychodynamics of CPD; the second offers an extensive presentation of differential diagnosis (one very interesting chapter discusses psychotherapists who manifest CPD); the third looks at treatment. In an appendix, Barbanell offers his Selflessness Personality Scale, which he draws on in his discussion of diagnosis and treatment. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, and professionals.
— Choice Reviews
Utilizing traditional work on sublimation, the later focus on childhood trauma, considerable clinical experience and contemporary relational paradigms, Dr. Barbanell has formulated a provocative and compelling new personality configuration and disorder. Removing the Mask of Kindness is of general relevance for psychotherapeutic work and has specific usefulness for those who provide psychological care.
— Richard L. Munich, Training and Supervising Analyst, Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research