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I wish to do further reading in order to gain an understanding of a couple of individuals who touch my life. Is there some variation of Munchausen Syndrome that doesn't involve illness? In other words, these individuals I'm speaking of simply seem to crave attention by creating situations of need. These scenarios involve everyday tasks that should be simple to any thinking adult, yet these individuals reach out to me constantly as if they're portraying themselves as someone who might possess an extremely low IQ. I find the behavior disconcerting and wonder sometimes if I'm dealing with some sort of fixation or condition that could escalate into something unpleasant.

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Jim,

Thank you for submitting your question to AllExperts! Based on your description of these people, I would recommend readings related to Borderline Personality Disorder and Dependent Personality Disorder. You will find more readings on the former than the latter. I would also encourage you to look for readings about setting up and maintaining boundaries as this can help you to avoid that "something unpleasant."

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Dr. Luna

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I specialize in clinical psychology with particular experience in clinical hypnosis, borderline personality disorder, LGBTQ, and aging. I have not worked with children for several years and would not feel comfortable answering child and adolescent based questions. My interests in adult psychology are fairly diverse, so please, sent me a question and lets see if I can help.

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I have been working in the field of psychology, to some degree, since 1998. Initially, my work was more behaviorally based, but through my educational and training experiences, I have expanded to a more eclectic viewpoint. I have taught introductory psychology and have worked in college counseling. I have also studied hypnosis for several years, completing my dissertation on basic research in hypnosis. Finally, I completed my internship and residency in a transitional treatment program for young adults (18 - 16) with difficulty transitioning from home.

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Doctor of Psychology 2009 Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, Pennsylvania Master of Arts in Psychology 2002 MCP Hahnemann/Drexel University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 1997 Keuka College Keuka Park, New York

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