Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

Understanding the Overly Rigid, Controlling Person

by Martin Kantor, MD


Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is often inadequately described, superficially understood, and confused with OCD—even by medical professionals.

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August 2016


Pages 301
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/Abnormal

This unprecedented work is an invaluable resource for therapists treating patients with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD), for individuals suffering from OCPD, and for friends, family, and coworkers of those with OCPD.

Although a significant number of individuals suffer from obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD), most of these people see themselves as being perfectly normal. In actuality, they are missing out in life due to their being compulsively prompt, counterproductively perfectionistic, and excessively penurious. This book explains what OCPD is, making it clear how it differs significantly from OCD; explains the thought processes and desires that give rise to the counterproductive defense mechanisms of OCPD; and identifies the approaches and methods that can allow such afflicted individuals to break through their character armoring and become rehumanized.

In this book, Martin Kantor, MD, presents information to defuse the many manifested symptoms of OCPD: anxiety, indecision, unreasonable perfectionism, and difficulty in compromising. His explanations and methods will give the hopeless succor, move the stalled forward, and foster interpersonal cooperation and flexibility in the stubborn, while simultaneously enhancing the OCPD individual's social performance thus increasing his or her chances for interpersonal, relational, and occupational success. Kantor also identifies the social manifestations of OCPD and describes how to move idiosyncratic, rigid bureaucracies toward accomplishing what should be their most important mission: helping those who are in need and seeking comfort.


  • Explains how OCPD compromises not only the quality of life of its sufferers but also the lives of many of the people that surround each OCPD individual
  • Examines OCPD from multiple perspectives, documenting the author's eclectic treatment approach that views OCPD from multiple vantage points, including the psychodynamic, the interpersonal, and the cognitive-behavioral
  • Extends the discussion of OCPD to include OCPD-inspired bureaucracies and how treating these toxic environments can lead to substantially improved socioeconomic functioning worldwide
  • Serves therapists treating patients with OCPD; patients suffering from OCPD; friends, family, and coworkers of those with OCPD; and general readers interested in mental health issues
  • Provides a bonus section on self-help methods that can be employed by the OCPD sufferer and those in the path of OCPD fallout
Author Info

Martin Kantor, MD, is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist who has been in full private practice in Boston and New York City and active in residency training programs at hospitals including Massachusetts General in Boston, MA, and Beth Israel in New York, NY. He also served as assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical School and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School. Kantor is a full-time author of more than 20 books. His published works include ABC-CLIO's Now That You're Out: The Challenges and Joys of Living as a Gay Man; Homophobia: The State of Sexual Bigotry Today; and The Essential Guide to Overcoming Avoidant Personality Disorder.



"Practitioners and graduate students in clinical fields will be drawn to this book. Laypeople interested in therapeutic issues might also be interested. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals; general readers."Choice

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