CHAPTER 13

Personality Disorders

The term personality disorder is a term used clinically by psychiatrists and psychologists to indicate that a person has maladaptive variants of personality traits. People with personality disorders continue to repeat maladaptive behaviors, thoughts, feelings, attitudes, defenses, and so on, even though this obviously results in social and occupational consequences. The personality disorders, by affecting interpersonal relationship so severely, can be extremely disruptive in a person’s life and cause enormous amounts of suffering. Individuals with personality disorders are unable to manage their traits on their own and require intensive psychotherapy and sometimes even medications. People without personality ...

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