Special Topics in Character Pathology

Special Topics in Character Pathology: The Depressive Personality and its Defensive Foundations

A webinar lecture with Dr. Matthew Bennett, Psy.D., Counseling Psychology Department Co-Chair

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm PDT

The depressive personality has been left out of DSM nomenclature, with the result that many therapists are unfamiliar with this personality style and its interpersonal dynamics.  Therapist unfamiliarity with depressive personality is poignant, since it is a personality dynamic common among therapists themselves.  The depressive style compares a warm, relational interpersonal style with fear of loneliness and abandonment, and tends to idealize others while devaluing the self. Depressive personalities have trouble getting angry and commonly internalize their own natural aggression out of fears of being bad people.  This sample class webinar will explore ways of understanding and navigating the depressive perspective from a broadly psychodynamic perspective.

This webinar is a great opportunity for those interested in Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology Program to experience a sample class activity, and to receive a free application to apply to Pacifica Graduate Institute!

Dr. Matthew Bennett is a licensed psychologist, lecturer, and administrator with experience in public sector mental health and substance abuse treatment. He has broad experience in program development. He was formerly founder and first Director of Training for the Ventura County Behavioral Health Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology and Chair-Elect of the Psychology Department at Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California. His research interests include personality disorders, comparative personality theory, and internet applications for mental health. Dr. Bennett is also a returned Peace Corps volunteer (“Poland III, 1991-1993”).

Please join us on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm PDT

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