Character traits may be used as defenses, or, 'coping mechanisms' that may be developed by individuals in an exaggerated fashion in order to conceal psychological conflicts. When these mechanisms break down, previously repressed trauma erupts into consciousness. One such trait is selflessness. Les Barbanell examines the transformation of selflessness into the Caretaker Personality Disorder and how it is not always better to give than receive, that being good can go bad, and that the 'disease to please' can even be fatal.
Les Barbanell, Ph.D. received his doctoral degree from Columbia University and trained in psychoanalysis at the New Jersey Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis where he is a faculty member, supervisor and control analyst. He is currently in private practice in Fort Lee, New Jersey and is a member of the New Jersey Psychological Association.
Part 1 The Inborn Ability to Protect the Self Chapter 2 Psychological and Emotional Survival Chapter 3 The Benign and Pathological Use of Masks Chapter 4 The Choice of Protective Strategies Chapter 5 From Identity to Catastrophe: When the Masks Fail to Protect Part 6 Kindness and Deception Chapter 7 Diagnosis of the Caretaker Personality Disorder Chapter 8 CPD and Other Clinical States Chapter 9 The Psychotherapist with CPD Part 10 Treatment Chapter 11 Obstacles Towards Discarding the False Self Chapter 12 Treatment and the Shift Toward Self-Focus Chapter 13 Observing and Measuring Indicators of Change