A refreshing aspect of this book is that it does not overemphasize or expound on the diagnostic and treatment intricacies of borderline personality disorder. Rather, it includes a general discussion of many types of maladaptive personality features that are found in a variety of personality disorders. Chapter 5 begins with a review of diagnosis and then progresses to a presentation of various personality patterns, dimensions, systems, and schemata. The level of detail is presented in order to encourage readers to think beyond the current DSM-IV presentation of personality disorders. This presentation of assessment veers a bit from the book's overall "practical" theme. However, several of these concepts are referred to in later sections of the book, so it is useful to include them as a reference.