Interpersonal Diagnosis of Psychopathology

Aaron L. Pincus, Aidan G.C. Wright

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Interpersonal diagnosis is a broad term encompassing a range of methods and techniques for assessing and describing personality and psychopathology that directly inform prognosis and treatment planning. This chapter reviews the origins of interpersonal diagnosis found in the highly generative early works of Harry Stack Sullivan and Timothy Leary, and then summarizes contemporary conceptual and methodological advances in interpersonal diagnosis, including interpersonal pathoplasticity, intraindividual variability of interpersonal behavior, and interpersonal behavioral signatures. The chapter culminates with a discussion of how contemporary interpersonal diagnosis can serve as an integrative nexus for the study of personality, psychopathology, and psychotherapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Interpersonal Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research, Assessment, and Therapeutic Interventions
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9780470471609
StatePublished - Mar 16 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


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