Character Disturbance

The Phenomenon of Our Age
Narrated by: Joel Richards
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
5 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

Audible membership

$14.95 a month

Free with a 30-day trial
1 audiobook of your choice.
A monthly selection of Audible Originals.
$14.95 a month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $17.49

Buy for $17.49

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

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, best-selling author and psychologist George Simon explains in plain English:

  • How most disturbed characters think
  • The habitual behaviors the disturbed use to avoid responsibility and to manipulate, deceive, and exploit others
  • Why victims in relationships with disturbed characters do not get help they need from traditional therapies
  • A straightforward guide to recognizing and understanding all relevant personality types, especially those most likely to undermine relationships
  • A new framework for making sense of the crazy world many find themselves in when there's a disturbed character in their lives
  • Concrete principles that promote responsibility and positive change when engaging disturbed characters
  • Tactics (for both lay persons and therapists) to lessen the chances for victimization and empower those who would otherwise be victims in their relationships with many types of disturbed characters
©2011 John Charles Kunich (P)2018 Tantor

What listeners say about Character Disturbance

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    60
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    52
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    52
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Plausible theory, potentially harmful

The author proclaims his theory throughout this book that character disordered individuals must be understood to have an underdeveloped superego, a deficit of conscience, and profound lack of empathy. Their destructive behavior and selfishness needs to be correctly understood for what it is, and these people need to be accurately identified as character disordered, because effective treatment for these folks is very specific. He talks about how most therapists have the mistaken belief that the underlying cause of their manipulative and harmful behavior originates from neurotic emotional conflicts and past trauma, as is typically the situation with most other personality types.

I think his theory is plausible, and could very well be true. It might be what's actually going on with a certain demographic of people at the most extreme end of the spectrum, the most destructive and antisocial cases. His paradigm may be accurate. If so, his concepts would be important for clinicians to be aware of.

What concerns me about his approach to treating these apparently character disordered clients using the method he describes is its counter therapeutic potential. I worry that addressing treatment in the manner he suggests is appropriate for the character disordered May cause a lot of psychological damage if that client has been inaccurately diagnosed. If someone is mistakenly pegged as being character disordered, but in reality is suffering from the more commonly assumed neurotic conditions that he says most other therapists erroneously assume to be the real issue, then to behave towards a client in the way the author suggests would be very destructive and harmful to that person.

In my own past, I was subjected to behavioral modification when I was a teen, and at this pathetic excuse for a therapeutic boarding school in particular, the dangerously incompetent, misguided and under qualified staff at that facility wrongfully must have assumed that every youth they were dealing with was character disordered. Clearly, most of the students were not, and in fact, they struggled with some other underlying family problems at home or other mental health issue.

Yes, I do understand that most qualified mental health professionals would never so recklessly misdiagnose their entire client base like this particular institution did, and inappropriately assume them to all be character disordered. My opinions are obviously filtered through a unique lens of my own experience that is not at all typical of the general public. But having endured a year of harsh treatment at a behavioral modification program while being viewed as a manipulative, lying, devious, selfish, malicious, intentionally destructive teenager when that was not at all the reality of the situation, I know firsthand how negatively this approach could impact somebody psychologically. If that person has the terrible misfortune of incorrectly being thought to have a character disorder, inappropriate treatment could be very detrimental. If the authors behavioral approach is applied to the wrong person it would likely cause them harm.

I'm not sure if I subscribe to the authors interpretation of what he believes to be the true nature of character disordered individuals. Maybe so. But the potential for an unskilled therapist to inflict psychological trauma on their clients by assuming them to have these diabolical motives or subjecting them to such harsh accusations about what kind of person they know they really are, things could go very badly. Any misunderstanding on the therapists part about who they are actually dealing with could result in unfair accusations and an unhelpful approach. The mental suffering that clients could be subjected to if there is a misdiagnosis makes me very concerned.


Feedback and comments welcome sarahcouture24@gmail.com

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great for therapists and anyone dealing with disordered personalities

I am a professional counselor and also a daughter of a narcissist. This book not only helped me gain incredible amounts of professional insight regarding neurosis vs character disorders but also how to treat theses persons in your office. It also preparedness to tolerate talking with my father and how to manage his constant attempts to get the upper hand and mean jabs at me next time I see him. Thank you so much for this wonderful insightful book!

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

ever been manipulated?

It's what they do, gaslight, manipulate, rage, project, and here's how they do it, you may even recognize some people or groups in this book. Understand how manipulation works to avoid it. Think Eve in the garden when Satan said...."did God really say?"

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Outstanding instruction for the times we live in!

The narrator was easy to listen to and conveyed the material with appropriate voice inflection.
As a veteran law enforcement officer approaching retirement their is a crucial need for this instruction. Judges and law enforcement alike could benefit from recognizing and in dealing with these types of personalities.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Very HONEST!

This author has nailed the portrait of character disturbance. As a survivor/former friend of an individual who is the epitome of a Helion --It made me feel heard, gave me a voice and put a name to many faces I saw come out of 1 human being which literally drained me. This book is so insightful and has helped me make sense of the abuse I endured. Definitely helps with the healing process for anybody going thru a relationship with a covert narcissist or sociopath in their life. its not just labeling--its about character reinforcement. Also helped me to analyze my behavior more constructively. Thank you!

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing and Necessary Resource!!

This is a necessary resource for those in professions working with Character Disturbances. To neglect use of the guidance presented here would be to place your efforts into fruitless vain. This sizably and substantially clarifies where most of your work should be applied and how to create a framework for clients to initiate and maintain their own change from the outset.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent Book

The author does a great job explaining definitions and gives examples.

His 10 Commandments of Character is one of the best parts

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

MOST ACCURATE and fulfilling!

After reading so many books on this subject and feeling validated and vindicated, to some degree, I was always left unfulfilled. I knew these personalities/characters, even though unaware, unaccepting or evil, had to be able to change. The previous books I read said, most likely, no change is possible. There is no cure for this. In a way, that left these people unaccountable and/or not in control of themselves. That goes against everything I know about why we are here. But, this book explains it will just take more vigilance and facilitation on the part of the “responsible” characters - and change can come. Having these tools to facilitate this process and using them, can only be a greater refining experience for everyone involved. Thank you, Dr. Simon!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Profoundly Amazing!!

They should charge way more for this book! #Bravo!!! wonderfully Insightful! practical! Modern Paradigm! Genuis

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

best book ever

I love it. I have a much better understanding of how people work now. end

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Markybailey
  • Markybailey
  • 11-13-19

Excellent

I very much rate George K Simon’s work and this is an excellent book. The explanations are thorough and clear

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 01-21-20

The red pill of phycology!

It is "to the point" cutting through the misconceptions of modern phycology.
I highly suggested
The narrator has a nice voice.