The unsuspecting reader may assume that the "relational therapy" referred to in the title of this book is a variant of relational psychoanalysis, the increasingly popular theoretical school deriving from the work of Stephen Mitchell, Lewis Aron, and others. However, Jeffrey Magnavita uses "relational therapy" to refer to integrative relational psychotherapy, a model of conceptual understanding and treatment that leans heavily on familiar theories of family systems. To his credit, Magnavita avoids the frequent problem of reductionism by fully acknowledging the necessity of thinking in biopsychosocial terms. Genetic factors and temperament are taken into account. He also values psychodynamic thinking in understanding how early attachment relationships create patterns of internal object relations that are played out within family systems. He reviews much of the existing literature on personality disorders in a scholarly fashion and comes up with his own classification of dysfunctional personological systems. The subtypes involved in this taxonomy take some getting used to. For example, the paranoid dysfunctional personological system is abbreviated as "Par Dps," the somatic dysfunctional personological system is abbreviated "Som Dps," and so forth.