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Many Psychologists regard personality and mental illness as closely related. The shadow of Freudian analysis looms over modern psychopathology, driving many psychologists to try to understand their clients' personal troubles and personalities using constructs developed to study mental illness. They believe that dark, unconscious mental forces that originated in childhood cause personality traits, personal troubles, and mental illnesses. Steven Reiss thinks problems are a normal part of life. In The Normal Personality, 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 styles, perfectionism, underachievement, arrogance, extravagance, stuffed shirt-ism, disloyalty, disorganization, and overanxiety. Based on a series of scientific studies, this book advances an original scientific theory of psychological needs, values, and personality traits. Reiss shows how different points on motivational arc produce different personality traits and values. He also shows how knowledge of psychological needs and values can be applied in counseling individuals and couples. The author describes new, powerful methods of assessing and predicting motivated behavior in natural environments including corporations, schools, and relationships.Read more
- Readable and accessible material. Easy to relate yourself and people you know to the descriptions offered of personalities and motivations
- Tests at the back to see how motivated you are in each of the sweet 16 desires
- Explains how psychologists and psychiatrists confuse individuality with abnormality, leading to significantly over-diagnosed disorders
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"...In a time when children, and even household pets, swallow Prozac, Reiss revives a neglected diagnosis for worrywarts, wallflowers, daydreamers, pessimists, and eccentrics alike: normal. He broadens normality by outlining how abnormal behaviors can arise when life motives are obstructed or personal values contradicted. Reiss lists how various combinations of 16 basic desires lead to dilemmas that eventually bring people to counseling. He offers a way to manage personal problems, without cracking the medicine cabinet or the skeleton closet."
--Science NewsSee more reviews
"...this book advances a scientific theory of psychological needs, values and personality traits. Reiss’ research shows how the motivational spectrum produces different personality traits and values, and how that correlates to the way we handle/deal our personal relationships. "
--Lenore Skomal, divorce360.com
"The Normal Personality: A New Way of Thinking About People, Steven Reiss (Cambridge University Press): Good news: You’re normal. Despite the fact that every lesbian you know is on Prozac or in therapy, Reiss insists most of us aren’t crazy. Instead, he contends that an over reliance on Freudian analysis led modern psychopathology to evaluate normal personal problems using constructs developed from studies of mental illness. Rather than unconscious mental forces originating in childhood, Reiss points to 16 basic human desires lead that lead to personal issues. Not immune from the natural human intolerance of people expressing significantly different values; Reiss argues, psychologists and psychiatrists often confuse individuality with abnormality and over-diagnose disorders."
"...it offers a new view of the "normal" personality, one firmly ensconced in the study of values and motivations...an intriguing account of why human conflict, particularly the romantic variety, occurs with such regularity...Recommended..."
--D.S. Dunn, Moravian College, CHOICE
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- Date Published: June 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521707442
- length: 212 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 155 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.31kg
- contains: 2 b/w illus. 29 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. My wife thinks something is wrong with me
2. The sixteen basic desires
3. Intensity of basic motivation
4. Normal personality types
5. Overcoming personal troubles
6. Six reasons for adolescent underachievement
7. Self-hugging and personal blind spots
9. Reinterpretation of Myers-Briggs personality types
10. The sixteen principles of motivation
Appendix A. Dictionary of normal personality traits
Appendix B. Reiss Motivation Profile Estimator
Appendix C. The sixteen basic desires at a glance.
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