The Abusive Personality: Violence and Control in Intimate Relationships

The Abusive Personality: Violence and Control in Intimate Relationships

This book demonstrates that intimate partner abuse by men is more than just a learned pattern of behavior–it is the outgrowth of a particular personality configuration. Findings from the author’s research with over 400 batterers are integrated with the literature on object relations, attachment, and psychological trauma to trace the development of the abusive personality from early childhood to adulthood. The volume concludes with a discussion of clinical outcomes and a detailed, practical overview of a 16-week group treatment program. For the paperback edition, the treatment chapter has been revised and expanded to reflect the ongoing development of the author’s clinical approach. Included are new guidelines for working with borderline personality disorder and attachment disorders in the context of batterer groups.

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  1. "merbeth" said,

    Wrote on November 17, 2011 @ 6:38 am

    27 of 28 people found the following review helpful:
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    The Abusive Personality by Donald G. Dutton, November 21, 1999
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    What an excellent book! It goes step by step into what leads up to an abusive personality. I was also impressed by his mentioning that a battering relationship is like a hostage relationship, and the dynamics of that. I learned a lot. I feel that this would be a wonderful textbook. Easy to read, simple and to the point, and a lot of information in a fairly short book

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  2. Linda Lund said,

    Wrote on November 17, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    20 of 22 people found the following review helpful:
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    Must read book for avocate and professional alike!, September 4, 2000
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    Linda Lund (CA) –

    The Abusive Personality is simply the best book written on domestic violence perpetrators and one of the best on the entire field of psychology. Dutton has integrated a variety of psychological perspectives (attachment theory, object relations, social learning theory, trauma reactions) into a compelling and well reasoned profile of the development and behavior of abusive men. Dutton was the Prosecution expert in the OJ Simpson trial. If you read this book, you’ll wish he had taken the stand.

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  3. Josephine Thompson "Torn From the Inside Out" said,

    Wrote on November 17, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
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    Excellent addition to our cache of literature on abuse, October 22, 2004
    This review is from: The Abusive Personality: Violence and Control in Intimate Relationships (Paperback)

    Learned behavior truly IS only part of the recipe for making an abuser. Attachment has been known to be crucial to social development and quality of relationships for many years (from Ainsworth and Bowlby to the present), so it is wonderful for one book to tie in the research. Wonderful asset for all counselors.

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