Personality Disorder

Personality Disorders

Personality Disorder

It’s strange the word Disorder is attached to the word Personality.

We want to believe our Personality shapes who we are.
But from some, it may be a trait that feels uncontrolled and affects life experiences.

I’ve read it described as:

  • Set of enduring behavioral and mental traits that distinguish human beings
  • Personality disorders are defined by experiences and behaviors that differ from societal norms and expectations.
  • Appear to deviate from social expectations particularly in relating to other humans

Hmmm.  Societal Norms….ouch.
You decide what is YOUR normal.  You decide if you need to CHANGE.  It’s a matter of who is expressing the opinion, always think about where a person’ opinion is rooting from, “is it coming from a good place”.  Even your own.

If you discover that you have a Personality Disorder that is making life complicated…you just took the hardest step (which is realizing) towards correcting the thought process/behavior you want to change.

& here’s a list I found:  (Not to be confused with Type A / B Personality)

Odd or Eccentric

  • Paranoid Personality Disorder
    Characterized by irrational suspicions and mistrust of others.
  • Schizoid Personality Disorder
    Lack of interest in social relationships, seeing no point in sharing time with others, anhedonia, introspection.
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder
    Characterized by odd behavior or thinking.

Dramatic, Emotional or Erratic

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
    Pervasive disregard for the rights of others, lack of empathy, and (generally) a pattern of regular criminal activity.
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
    Extreme “black and white” thinking, instability in relationships, self-image, identity and behavior often leading to self-harm and impulsivity.
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
    Pervasive attention-seeking behavior including inappropriately seductive behavior and shallow or exaggerated emotions.
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
    Pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and a lack of empathy. Characterized by self-importance, preoccupations with fantasies, belief that they are special, including a sense of entitlement and a need for excessive admiration, and extreme levels of jealousy and arrogance.

Anxious or Fearful

  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
    Pervasive feelings of social inhibition and social inadequacy, extreme sensitivity to negative evaluation and avoidance of social interaction.
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
    Pervasive psychological dependence on other people.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
    Characterized by rigid conformity to rules, moral codes and excessive orderliness.


  • Depressive Personality Disorder
    Pervasive pattern of depressive cognitions and behaviors beginning by early adulthood.
  • Passive-Aggressive (Negativistic) Personality disorder
    Pattern of negative attitudes and passive resistance in interpersonal situations.

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