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Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder: Understanding the Overly Rigid, Controlling Person.


Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder: Understanding the Overly Rigid, Controlling Person

Martin Kantor



301 pages




Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is generally overshadowed by the study of the more debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), says Kantor, sometimes subsumed into it, but more often than not simply ignored. In both his research and his therapy, he takes an eclectic approach, looking at the disability from multiple viewpoints. He argues that OCPD arises out of the flames of (id) desire that are then cooled by a guilty conscience, demanding the use of defense mechanisms, and while these defense mechanisms reduce anxiety, they do so counterproductively--that is, at an unacceptable cost to functionality. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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