Psychodynamic Models of Personality Disorders

Peter Fonagy and Patrick Luyten

in The Oxford Handbook of Personality Disorders

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199735013
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Psychodynamic Models of Personality Disorders


This chapter provides an overview of psychodynamic approaches to personality pathology and their core assumptions, and it reviews empirical research supporting these approaches. It also includes a review of contemporary psychodynamic approaches to classification, diagnosis, and treatment of personality disorders. Finally, a summary of findings concerning the effectiveness of psychodynamic treatments for personality disorder is provided.

Keywords: psychodynamic; psychoanalytic; object relations; transference

Article.  20622 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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