Passive-Aggression: A Guide for the Therapist, the Patient and the Victim

Passive-Aggression: A Guide for the Therapist, the Patient and the Victim

by Martin Kantor MD


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With absorbing detail and deftness, Kantor gives clinical descriptions of the dynamics in this overlooked syndrome: Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder. It is a syndrome rooted in poorly suppressed, thinly disguised, and indirectly unleashed anger. This volume presents a scientifically based approach to the patient that will help him or her deal with anger in a healthier, and sometimes life-saving, way.

An eclectic approach—including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal techniques—is used to answer the two most important questions of passive-aggression: Why is the passive-aggressive so angry? And why cannot he or she express the anger more directly? Therapists can also use this approach to help the victims of passive-aggression and minimize the suffering that occurs in relationships with these difficult people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275974220
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/30/2002
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Martin Kantor, MD is a Harvard psychiatrist who has been in full private practice in Boston and New York City, and active in residency training programs at several hospitals, including Massachusetts General and Beth Israel in New York. He also served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical School and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—New Jersey Medical School. He is currently a full-time medical author, the author of more than a dozen other books, including Homophobia, Second Edition (Praeger 2009); Uncle Sam's Shame: Inside the Veteran's Administration (Praeger 2008); Lifting the Weight: Understanding Depression in Men: Its Causes and Solutions (Praeger 2007); The Psychopathy of Everyday Life: How Antisocial Personality Disorder Affects All of Us (Praeger, 2006); Understanding Paranoia: A Guide for Professional, Families, and Sufferers (Praeger 2004); Distancing: Avoidant Personality Disorder, Revised and Expanded (Praeger, 2003), Passive-Aggression: A Guide for the Therapist, the Patient, and the Victim (Praeger, 2002), Treating Emotional Disorder in Gay Men (Praeger, 1999), and Homophobia (Praeger, 1998).

Table of Contents

The Passive-Aggressive Patient

Making the Diagnosis

Anger and Anger Styles

Causes of the Anger

Indirect Anger: Manifestations

Developmental and Defensive Aspects of Anger Restraint

Cognitive-Behavioral, Interpersonal, and Biological Aspects of Indirect Hostility


The Victims of Passive-Aggression

The Pathognomonic Effect of Passive-Aggression on the Victim


Sadomasochism and Passive-Aggression


Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Supportive-Directive Therapy

Cognitive Therapy

Interpersonal Therapy

Transference Therapy and Countertransference Issues

Treatment of Victims of Passive-Aggression

Treatment of Sadomasochistic Interactions



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