Self-Handicapping Behavior and the Self-Defeating Personality Disorder

Toward a Refined Clinical Perspective
  • Steven Berglas
Part of the The Plenum Series in Social / Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


With these words, Gary Hart, the undisputed front-runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination, withdrew from the race 25 days after announcing his candidacy and less than a week after polls showed him with 65% of the vote in strategically crucial Iowa.* The public, particularly the press, had no trouble “diagnosing” what had happened. The May 18, 1987, cover of Newsweek trumpeted, “Gary Hart Self-Destructs.” That same week, Michael Kramer wrote a cover story for U.S. News & World Report that claimed, “Hart’s tendency toward self-destruction has been on display for years” (Kramer, 1987).


Personality Disorder Adjustment Disorder Secondary Gain Neurotic Disorder Death Instinct 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven Berglas
    • 1
  1. 1.McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical SchoolBelmontUSA

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