Disorders without Borders
Traits, Trials, and Distribution Tails

Michael Luther, Jared Allen, & Prarthana Franklin (Eds.)     

Captus Press, ISBN 978-1-55322-357-3 (2017)
386 pages, 780 g, 8 X 10, $48.50 (US$38.80)

Disorders without Borders: Traits, Trials, and Distribution Tails focuses on investigating typical and atypical human cognitions, perceptions, emotions, and behaviors through various theoretical models. By incorporating different models of Psychology, this book deconstructs some of the traditionally used diagnoses and interventions in order to help inform future Research and Psychological practices.

The book is divided into three sections:

  • Section One, Clinical Findings of Substance, describes normal and abnormal cognitive and emotional processes in human development, as well as personality traits that may be predictors of certain social and dangerous behaviors. Unusual finding are explored too.
  • Section Two, Disorders/Conditions utilizes an inter-disciplinary approach by incorporation of evolutionary, social, subconscious, and clinical perspectives in order to help provide a better understanding of psychological disorders and conditions. Boundaries are seen as being fluid and open to some therapies.
  • Section Three, Counselling, examines and critiques 'trendy' cognitive therapies. In addition, it also discusses short-term therapies (e.g., cognitive therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, emotionally focused therapy, narrative therapy, TA/Roles, behaviour modification, etc.), current "mindfulness" counselling, and even Deep Psychology.

Overall, Disorders without Borders: Traits, Trials, and Distribution Tails examines the challenges that humans face, from preterm infants with very low birth weights to adults who face disability, personal torment, and predispositions to certain personality traits. It argues that both gradual natural development and dynamically achieving one's potential are interactive. The book is strongly influenced by philosophies of Lev Vygotsky and Reuven Feuerstein - both were virtual pioneers in the realm of mediated learning experience (MLE). It explores the tapestry of various psychological realms (from genetic/molecular to holistic/transcendental hybrids). Finally, the nature of human Evil is delved into; the lowest typical response en mass in adverse human situations is studied historically. Altruism, a rarely experienced phenomenon, is argued here.

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Clinical Findings of Substance

  • Prematurely Born, At-Risk Six/Seven-Year-Olds of Extremely/Very Low Birth Weight: Intellectual, Motor, and Attentional Functioning
    by Michael G. Luther, Jared C. Allen, Farrokh Sedighdeilami,  Areti Katsamakis, Jordan E. Luther, and Matthew Andres
  • Theory of Mind in Early Autism Spectrum Disorder
    by Michael G. Luther and Gabrielle Wagner
  • Beyond Cognition: Coherence, Contagion, and Consciousness
    by Nina Kas
  • A Superfly in the Ointment
    by Michael G. Luther and Yusuf Sema
  • The HEXACO Personality Inventory
    by Prarthana Franklin and Ann Farrell
  • Naturalistic Biocentric Psychology: Profound Findings
    by Donna M. Reist and Michael G. Luther
  • The “Warrior Gene”: An Inquiry in to the effects of Gene and Environment on Behaviour
    by Kasra Kashanchi- Langroudi

Disorders / Conditions

  • Fear and Probability: An Anxiety Primer
    by Jared C. Allen
  • Depression: An Exploration of Vulnerabilities of Self, Such as Failure and Crooked Thinking
    by Aubrey D. Litvack and Michael G. Luther
  • Narcissism Epidemic and Models of Causation
    by Ron Burdo, Irfan Rehemtulla, and Michael G. Luther
  • Conduct Disorder in Adolescents: Current Understanding and Psychological Treatment Options
    by Shankari Sharma
  • Psychopathy: Current Research and Issues
    by Jared C. Allen
  • Dangerous Sex Addictions: Is it Real or a Fantasy?
    by Michael G. Luther and Ali Rajan
  • Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities: Mental Health and Inclusive Education
    by Kathleen Donovan


  • IBI Training for Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Critical Analysis
    by Deanna Casaluce
  • Beyond Trepanation: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Depression
    by Karina R. Gagnier and Geoff B. Sorge
  • Uncertain Future of an Illusion: The Lie and Dearth of Logic within the Cognitive Therapies
    by Michael G. Luther and Joe Gerber
  • Brief Therapy as Mediated Learning Experience
    by Brian M. Lazowski and Michael G. Luther
  • Transactional Analysis (TA)
    by Philip Azer and Matthew Andres
  • “I feel, therefore I am”: Emotion-Focused Therapy, A 21st Century Modality
    by Nicholas Teehan

About the Editors

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Michael Gerald Luther completed his Honours Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral Studies at York University in Toronto. He is a Registered Psychologist in private practice, and for 25 years, he has been a Supervising Psychologist at a major hospital in Toronto. He was also employed for 23 years as a school psychologist with the Toronto District School Board and, concurrently, 32 years as a Course Director in the departments of Psychology and Education at York University. Dr. Luther is co-author of the books Genie in the Lamp, Dynamic Assessment for Instruction, Exploring Human Potential: Facilitating Growth in the New Millennium, Transforming Lives: Authentic Living and Learning, and Meeting the Human Challenge. Dr. Luther has presented theoretical and research papers at conferences and has lectured extensively on best assessment practices and effective programming techniques for needy students. He was a co-founder and co-editor of the International Journal of Dynamic Assessment and Instruction. He has taught Graduate courses for Nipissing University, Nova Atlantic University (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), York University (Toronto, Ontario), and The Catholic University (Santiago, Chile). He worked in Israel (1975) as a school psychologist, and later (1983) as a clinical psychologist. He was also National Spokesman for Kumon, Canada (1991-1992). Dr. Luther has his own private practice in Thornhill, Ontario. He has travelled extensively in Israel, Western Europe, China, Africa, and Central and South America, where he developed his theories and has even lectured on these abroad. This is his sixth book.

Jared C. Allen is a doctoral student at Ryerson University. His interest in social psychology led him as an undergraduate to study theories of society, cognitive models of the mind, trait theories of personality, statistical models of behaviour, the philosophy of science, and the neural basis of human propensities. After an honours thesis in lesion-symptom mapping, he joined the Criminal and Forensic Psychology Group International (CFPGI). There he studies probabilistic modelling of violent offender behaviour for the purposes of behavioural investigative advising. He also works as a psychometrist for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. His research background includes projects in psychophysics, personality, cognitive neuroscience, statistics, and memory. Currently he is working on topics of aggression, sexual homicide, Bayesian statistics, evolutionary psychology theory, likelihood-based behaviour modelling, and behavioural advising. He likes peace, quiet, clarity, and long walks with his wife.

Prarthana Franklin is a doctoral student at Brock University. Her research examines developmental and personality theories within an evolutionary framework. Specifically, she investigates the relationship between personality and parenting behaviours from an evolutionary perspective. Prarthana has also collaborated on research projects and papers related to bullying (from an evolutionary perspective), adult reading motivation, and anxiety. Overall, Prarthana promotes and incorporates a 'transdisciplinary' approach as multiply determined constructs, such as parenting (i.e., more broadly examined through an integration of various theoretical perspectives) in order to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. She has done very intensive work as a tester at the hospital and in the private clinic.