A Multidimensional Approach to Personality Disorders and Their Treatment

  • Joel Paris


Personality disorders are, by definition, chronic. It is not surprising therefore, that they are often resistant to change in psychotherapy. Treatment planning requires an adequate etiological model. The therapy of complex pathology can not be based on simple models of causality. Instead, management must be rooted in a multidimensional model that takes into account the biological, psychological, and social factors in these disorders. In this chapter, an approach to the treatment of these disorders is suggested in which therapists work within the stability of personality, modifying the behavioral expression of traits sufficiently to help patients use their personality in more adaptive ways.


Personality Trait Personality Disorder Borderline Personality Disorder Psychosocial Risk Factor Multidimensional Approach 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joel Paris
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  1. 1.Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry Sir Mortimer B. Davis-Jewish General HospitalMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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