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Character Disturbance: the phenomenon of our age

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Modern permissiveness and the new culture of entitlement allows disturbed people to reach adulthood without proper socialization. In a book meant both for the general public and for professionals, bestselling author and psychologist George Simon explains in plain English:

•How most disturbed characters think.
•The habitual behaviors the disturbed use to avoid responsibility
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Parkhurst Brothers Publishers Inc (first published August 15th 2010)
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Charlene Lewis- Estornell
This book should have been called, "How to Justify Racism."

The DSM is fraught with problems, especially the diagnosis of the various personality disorders. It's very hard to fit a person into an appropriate category because the criteria are so messy. Diagnosing a personality disorder is nothing like diagnosing a medical illness that can be detected via a blood test. Instead, the DSM relies on "experts" to think critically, act responsibly, and above all, read the mind of their client. That is a
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Kate Woods Walker
Mar 29, 2012 Kate Woods Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, author George K. Simon seems a bit stuffy. Certainly he adheres to old-school ideas of what constitutes a family. And yes, he tut-tuts a bit about the dangers of hedonism.

While I might not agree with his prescriptions, I can't help but applaud his diagnosis. Simon, in Character Disturbance: The Phenomenon of Our Age, posits that our current frame of reference in psychological matters is outdated. Our "neurosis" frame was a perfect fit for the Victorians, but today, Simon argues, the society
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E. Dade
Feb 27, 2015 E. Dade rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Fox News Pundant

I think Dr. Phil has been playing from this awful man's jukebox. There's nothing wrong to a common sense approach and clinicians being more vigilant if malingering is suspected, but let's factor in the stigma, the unpleasant crisis units and I've
assisted with getting a lawyer, and a social worker for someone I work with (because I fear she may hurt others if placed in a vocation wherein she has to interact with the public. Her last job was janitorial, she threw a fit and was put
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John Rapp
Jul 01, 2013 John Rapp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most interesting, enlightening, and unexpectedly moving books I've ever read.
Aliya
Oct 14, 2015 Aliya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a can't put down read for me, for many reasons.

Simon is a very skilled psychologist, and both his best selling titles show his deep understanding of the dark side of human nature. I had found his other book to be very enlightening as well. This book is aptly titled, "Character Disturbance, a phenomenon of our times." the term, "our times," denotes the current consumerist digital age, where
people the world over, live to consume and are linked via technology, as never before. In suc
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Shannon
Jan 13, 2017 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simon provides a clear outline of what character disturbance is and why it is so important to recognize that not all people are able to empathize or be selfless. Character disturbances are varied, complicated and sometimes dangerous. This book offers readers a look into what really goes on in the minds of character disturbed individuals. I think it is helpful for those of us who are more on the neurotic spectrum than the character disturbed spectrum to understand and be able to recognize when we ...more
Amy Lynn
Mar 04, 2013 Amy Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book for the lay person who wants to understand the truth behind character disturbance in lieu of the popularized mythology promoted by today's self-proclaimed armchair psychologists. It is never my recommendation that the formally uneducated (meaning "lack of rigorous college level study leading to a degree")rely on the DSM-IV for knowledge of disorders. Why? Because it is a training tool and only ONE training tool for those educated in the field. The DSM-IV or any of its p ...more
ElectricTrillobyte
Highly recommended. This is truly an Excellent book on an important area of human concern: people who have deficits in or absence of conscience (character disturbance). Written for both the general public as for professionals, it is both an authoritative and yet easy to understand book. The main thesis Simon puts forth is that people with problems with conscience are very different from those who have a well-developed conscience and manifest psychopathology based on guilt, shame, anxiety and dep ...more
Eleanor Cowan
Jul 20, 2014 Eleanor Cowan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This important primer explains that in our society, we are trained to be kind, compassionate and understanding - and thus we are culturally primed to make room for the character dis-ordered who very much appreciate the favor. It certainly makes their thievery less complicated.

Easy to read, this book will help you to identify users without blaming yourself for being 'unkind' (before you are robbed blind by those who have an aversion to going to work.)

Eleanor Cowan, author of : A History of a Pedo
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Clare
Oct 04, 2016 Clare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book published in 2011 George Simon elaborates on the various types and manifestations of character disturbance which occur in so many individuals in the general population. Simon helps both professionals and lay people to recognize the methods used by character disturbed people to manipulate others into doing what they want. Knowledge is indeed power. My main criticism of this book is that Simon seems a little too sure of himself. He tries to play down his attitude of superiority in the ...more
Faith
Dec 20, 2012 Faith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't finish this book, but I'm putting it to rest. My noble study of character disturbance has become too much rumination. That being said, I think "Wolf In Sheep's Clothing" is the better book. And as others have mentioned, the grumpy old man approach was memorable and unfortunate.
Stefanie
Nov 27, 2015 Stefanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such good info. Simon is so good at delivering these hard to describe behaviors in clear, understandable ways.
Becca
Jan 29, 2016 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent description of the character disturbed. Very light on how to deal with them--a serious weakness in a book like this, as no one reads these topics for fun.
Angie Lisle
I can't speak about the self-help aspect of this book; I read it to help build character development for creative fiction. I prefer to rely on the DSM-IV as a source for character profiling.
Mary Karpel-Jergic
Mar 28, 2016 Mary Karpel-Jergic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A breath of fresh air that stops viewing destructive behaviour towards others as a result of poor childhood etc and instead looks at adults as responsible beings making choices.
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George K. Simon, Jr., Ph.D. is a leading expert on manipulators and people diagnosed with character disorders. Not only a psychologist, Dr. Simon is also a public speaker, consultant, professional trainer and composer who has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs.
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“Aggressive characters don’t just disregard the truth, they’re at war with it. Truth is the great equalizer, and aggressive personalities always want to maintain a position of advantage. So, they deliberately play very fast and loose with the truth when they’re not flat out lying. They don’t want you to “have their number.” That upsets the balance of power. So, they’re usually about the business of conning and duping you. And because they want to have advantage over you, they often lie in subtle and sophisticated ways, carefully managing your impression of them and manipulating you through deception. Their lying is so pervasive and automatic, they will lie even when the truth would do just fine; except lying keeps the con game going, which they perceive as maintaining the position of advantage. Also, the lying takes so many forms it’s almost impossible to count them all.” 1 likes
“As adherents to A.A. precepts know, there are many ways to conceive of a higher power. For the humanist, one needs to respect the collective “greater good” of society. For the non-deist scientist it might be recognizing the nature and complexity of the physical universe that leads to humbly identifying oneself as a relatively insignificant character in a grand cosmic drama. Most of us have a deep, abiding sense that there is something bigger than us.” 0 likes
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