Contemporary Interpersonal Theory and Research: Personality, Psychopathology, and Psychotherapy (Series in Clinical Psychology and Personality)
In the first part of the book, the focus is on generalprinciples of personality and maladjustment as viewed from theinterpersonal perspective. Dr. Kiesler introduces the interpersonalcircle—one of the central conceptual underpinnings ofinterpersonal theory and practice. He then explores the importanceof the interpersonal circle in both research and clinicalapplications, including its roles in the assessment of maladaptivebehavior, the conceptualization and diagnosis of DSMTMmental disorders, the analysis of the therapeutic relationship, andthe shaping of subsequent interpersonal interventions. Dr. Kiesleralso describes the various interpersonal cognitive components anddelineates interpersonal principles of complementarity. And heprovides circumplex inventories, indispensable tools of the tradeused in interpersonal diagnosis, treatment and supervisionplanning, and evaluation processes.
Part 2 is devoted to clinical considerations. Dr. Kieslerprovides practical guidelines on interpersonal assessment,diagnosis, therapy, and supervision for a wide range of DSMdisorders. He highlights principles of therapeuticmetacommunication and interpersonal impact disclosure as they applyto both psychotherapy and supervision. And most importantly, hedevelops the crucial concept of the maladaptive transaction cycle,explaining how it serves as an overarching principle indifferential intervention for patients with specific DSMdisorders.
Throughout the book, the author reviews the world literatureconcerning interpersonal theory and practice, critically appraisingall important new and emerging concepts, methods, and researchtrends.
Timely, authoritative, and comprehensive, ContemporaryInterpersonal Theory and Research is sure to have a profound impacton the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and social work for manyyears to come.
"This groundbreaking book, by one of the leading figures in theinterpersonal tradition, will define the field and set the coursefor theory, research, and practice for years to come. At a timewhen interpersonal perspectives are becoming increasinglyinfluential, this formidable achievement provides an essentialsourcebook for theorists, researchers, andclinicians."—Jeremy Safran, PhD, The New School for SocialResearch
"By almost any measure, what Don Kiesler has accomplished inthis work is truly extraordinary. He has taken the enormouslylarge, diverse, and complex literature on the tradition establishedby Harry Stack Sullivan in psychopathology and psychotherapy,reviewed it systematically and comprehensively, and refined it intoa limited set of fundamental principles. The book promises tooccupy a central place in interpersonal thinking in personality andclinical psychology."—Robert C. Carson, PhD, DukeUniversity
"...a rich and powerful description of how the therapeuticrelationship itself brings about change. In a masterful tour deforce, [Dr.] Kiesler brings his interactional formulations to bearon current DSM groupings, transforming these categories from meredescriptive labels into useful therapeutic tools. A much-neededbook, with rewards for clinician and researcheralike."—Sheldon Cashdan, PhD, University of Massachusetts,Amherst
"Donald Kiesler has created an essential and authoritative guideto the interpersonal perspective in clinical and personalitypsychology — a perspective with a distinguished past and avital present. This book is impeccable in its scholarship,integrative in its approach, encyclopedic and up-to-date in itscoverage... an important work that deserves to have a broadaudience." — Michael B. Gurtman, PhD, University ofWisconsin, Parkside
A volume in the Wiley Series in Clinical Psychology andPersonality
W. Edward Craighead, Series Editor