Cognitive contributions to personality disorders

J. Lobbestael, A. Arntz

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The purpose of this chapter is to provide an understanding of the pathology of personality disorders from a cognitive perspective. The chapter begins by outlining cognitive schemas, particularly those developed by Drs. Beck and Young, along with a summary and discussion of the relevant empirical research. This is followed by a discussion of schema modes. Next is a discussion of cognitive biases; more specifically, biases in attention, interpretation, and memory. This is followed by a discussion of dichotomous thinking and then the implicit assessment of cognitive concepts. The chapter ends with final conclusions and suggestions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford handbook of personality disorders
EditorsT.A. Widiger
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199735013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

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