The first three chapters provide the basic concepts on personality and personality disorders. The major approaches to the field (psychodynamic, cognitive, interpersonal, and biological) are broadly reviewed, along with the process of assessment and therapy of personality disorders. The clinical chapters are devoted to the accurate description of the various personality disorders. Each description begins with an illustrative case example that is discussed in terms of DSM-IV criteria. Then, unlike most books in psychopathology, each chapter provides a section on the comparison and contrast between normal and pathological variants of each personality. Next, personality patterns are thoroughly discussed according to the psychodynamic, cognitive, and interpersonal perspectives, often with references back to the cases. The overall result is a comprehensive and entertaining description of each personality disorder that "brings the rather dry diagnostic criteria [and the complex psychological theories] to life for the student and provides a concrete anchoring point to which student and instructor can refer again and again as the discussion of the personality moves forward."