This blog is about Personality Disorders and my observations of other Psychological phenomena. Over the past few years I have had quite a bit of first hand experience with people who suffer from personality disorders, one in particular really made an impression on me. I was unaware that the disorders existed, and having seen what these people live through I want to make known whatever I can about the disorders and behavior of people with these disorders. I am not a psychologist, so what you will find here is only research and observation. I can’t, and wouldn’t dare to, diagnose.  Perhaps you may find some of the information here useful.

I must make clear the distinction between unfavorable behavior and a disorder. Many of the less likeable traits of the people I have experienced with these disorders are present in people whose behavior does not qualify them to have a disorder. Joanna Ashmun has posted this definition of a personality disorder, which is the one I will use:

What is a personality disorder?

[from Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition, 1994, commonly referred to as DSM-IV, of the American Psychiatric Association. European countries use the diagnostic criteria of the World Health Organization.]An enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectation of the individual’s culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads to distress or impairment.

A personality disorder is a pattern of deviant or abnormal behavior that the person doesn’t change even though it causes emotional upsets and trouble with other people at work and in personal relationships. It is not limited to episodes of mental illness, and it is not caused by drug or alcohol use, head injury, or illness. There are about a dozen different behavior patterns classified as personality disorders by DSM-IV. All the personality disorders show up as deviations from normal in one or more of the following:
(1) cognition — i.e., perception, thinking, and interpretation of oneself, other people, and events;
(2) affectivity — i.e., emotional responses (range, intensity, lability, appropriateness);
(3) interpersonal functions;
(4) impulsivity.

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