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Description - The Normal Personality by Steven Reiss

In The Normal Personality, Steven Reiss argues that human beings are naturally intolerant of people who express values significantly different from their own. Because of this intolerance, psychologists and psychiatrists sometimes confuse individuality with abnormality and thus over-diagnose disorders. Reiss shows how normal motives - not anxiety or traumatic childhood experiences - underlie many personality and relationship problems, such as divorce, infidelity, combativeness, workaholism, loneliness, authoritarianism, weak leadership style, perfectionism, underachievement, arrogance, extravagance, pompousness, disloyalty, disorganisation, and over-anxiety. Calling for greater understanding and tolerance of all kinds of personalities, Reiss applies his theory of motivation to leadership, human development, relationships, and counselling.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521881067
ISBN-10: 0521881064
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Pages: 212
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Steven Reiss

Steven Reiss was educated at Dartmouth College as an undergraduate, at Yale University for his doctorate, and at Harvard University for his clinical internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has published scientific and clinical studies on the co-occurence of intellectual disabilities and mental illness. This work has been recognized with five national awards, two for scientific research, two for national impact on clinical services, and one for national leadership, and received two certificates of recognition for volunteer work. In 1985, Professor Reiss and then graduate student Richard J. McNally published the construct of anxiety sensitivity as an early risk factor for Panic Disorder. Anxiety sensitivity has been translated into more than 35 languages and is used to help diagnose many thousands of patients throughout the world. Professor Reiss's theory of motivation is an expansion of some of the ideas underlying anxiety sensitivity to motives other than anxiety.

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