Personality Disorders

Introduction to Personality Disorders

What is a Personality Disorder?

The term “Personality Disorder” implies there is something not-quite-right about someone’s personality. However, the term “personality disorder” simply refers to a diagnostic category of psychiatric disorders characterized by a chronic, inflexible, and maladaptive pattern of relating to the world. This maladaptive pattern is evident in the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves. The most noticeable and significant feature of these disorders is their negative effect on interpersonal relationships. A person with an untreated personality disorder is rarely able to enjoy sustained, meaningful, and rewarding relationships with others, and any relationships they do form are often fraught with problems and difficulties.

Personality Disorders — In The News
Does He Post a Lot of 'Selfies'? He Might Be a Narcissist Jan 8, 2015

THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- That guy on Facebook posting dozens of "selfies" of himself -- at the beach, at work, partying -- might just be a narcissist, a new study suggests. "It's not surprising that men who post a lot of selfies and spend more time editing... Read More

Need to Spot a Narcissist? Just Ask Them Aug 5, 2014

TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Self-absorbed narcissists can ruin your day, but a new study suggests an easy way to detect one: Just ask. That's because truly narcissistic people don't see the character trait as a flaw and are more than willing to admit to it, say researchers... Read More

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Weblog Entries
Borderline Personality Disorder: Where Does BPD Come From? May 5, 2015

Any ‘diagnosis’ including the word ‘Disorder’ sounds scary, and to be told that you have a ‘Borderline Personality’ sounds as major league as Schizophrenia. Yet to be categorized as having... Read More

The Narcissist Versus The Narcissistic Personality Disorder Aug 13, 2013

Judging from email questions I have received, many readers are somewhat confused about the differences between people who are narcissistic versus those who have a narcissistic personality disorder. There is... Read More

Sociopath Next Door Jun 24, 2013

Hypothetical Case: “She met him at a party. He was handsome and charming and she felt flattered by the things he said to her. Almost at once, she found... Read More