This book is the second volume of an interdisciplinary study, chiefly one of philosophy and psychology, which concerns personality, especially the abnormal in terms of states of aloneness, primarily that of the negative emotional isolation customarily known as loneliness. Other states of aloneness investigated include solitude, reclusiveness, seclusion, desolation, isolation, and what the author terms “aloneliness,” “alonism,” “lonism,” and “lonerism.”
Insofar as this study most explicitly focuses on abnormal personalities, it employs the general and specific definitions of personality aberrations as formulated by the American Psychiatric Association in its latest edition of the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). The author views personality as preeminently comprised of the individual's interpersonal relationships. Unlike the
DSM-IV, he proposes that people with personality disorders not only possibly but necessarily manifest deviancy regarding interpersonal functioning via serious shortcomings in shared inwardness, paramountly reciprocated intimacy.
This work also engages in an analysis of five social factors that are conducive to predisposing, precipitating, and maintaining negative kinds of personality and aloneness. The author has formed these factors into an acronym titled
SCRAM since when they are present, intimacy scurries away and in its absence, loneliness and other sorts of unwanted aloneness scamper in and fill the person with unhappiness via, for instance, sadness and self-worthlessness. The constituents of SCRAM are the following social illnesses:
Successitis (for example, the fixation on fame and fortune),
Capitalitis (greed-driven, unfettered capitalism),
Atomitis (hyper-individualism), and
Materialitis (for example, the anti-spirituality of consumeritis).
In sum, this book provides a different perspective on personality via the lenses of various types of aloneness and their lack of public and private intimacy, especially love.
Mark Letteri: Editorial Foreword
The Aloneness of Solipsism
Personality: Its Nature and Number
Personality: Its Disorders
Personality Pathologies: Failures in Intimate Relatedness
Personality Disorder Divisions
Personality Disorders, Neuroticism, and Loneliness
Personality Constituents: Choice, Compellment, and Chance
Amenability to Personality Change: Theories, Therapies, and Therapists
Appendix A: SCRAM: Five American Social Illnesses
Appendix B: Five Factor Model of Personality (FFM)
DSM-IV Personality Disorders
About the Author