Understanding Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are deeply ingrained ways of thinking and behaving that are inflexible and generally lead to impaired relationships with others. Mental health professionals formally recognize 10 disorders that fall into 3 clusters (A, B, and C), although there is now known to be much overlap between the disorders, each of which exists on a spectrum.

Recent posts on Personality Disorders

Mindfulness and Self-Destructive Behavior: What Next?

Sometimes you can get so caught up in trying to hide the things about yourself you think are wrong – that you can lose touch with what you actually do feel and value.

City Life and Mental Illness

Does the impact of living in disadvantaged neighborhoods last forever?
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Dangerous Lies

Are there some secrets worth killing for? For two men leading double lives, the answer was yes.

Donald, people who live in glass houses shouldn't name call

Will she do everything she can to resist the ever-so-tempting, but career-ending response of, “You Mr. Trump are an ignorant pr—k!” from a Megan Kelly?

Why Can Our Brain Change Between Depressed and Manic States?

An exploration of brain research on personality disorders.
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Anosognosia, Psychopathy, and the Conscience

What happens if we can't recognize our bad behavior brought on by illness or disorder?

When It Comes to Love, What Makes Narcissism So Attractive?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on May 02, 2016 in Psych Unseen
In seeking potential mates with just the right amount of healthy narcissism, we risk finding too much.

Love Potion No. 9

By David Ludden Ph.D. on May 01, 2016 in Talking Apes
Oxytocin is commonly known as the “love hormone,” but it can have opposite effects depending on the person and the situation.

Do Panic Attacks Really Come Out of the Blue?

It is often claimed that panic attacks are not triggered by specific environmental or interpersonal stressors because they seemingly happen at any time. This is misleading.

Three Steps to Getting Out of a Toxic Relationship

Toxic relationships can be hard to get out of. Here are three steps to help if you are feeling stuck.

Slick William

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 21, 2016 in How To Do Life
Manipulative characters lurk in our lives. Beware.

How to Know if You Are Dealing With a Sociopath

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on April 18, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
The good news about sociopaths is that due to their volatile personalities, you can typically see them coming

Defining and Debunking Assertions About Creativity

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on April 16, 2016 in A Sideways View
Is everyone creative? Can you learn to be (a lot) more creative? Are creativity people odd or difficult?

The Excitable and Mercurial Boss

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on April 10, 2016 in A Sideways View
What if you boss blows hot one day and the next cold? What if he or she is emotionally on a roller coaster? How best to cope?

Should You Tell The Borderline He's Borderline?

Most experts insist on immediately sharing the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder with the patient. But there may be times when psychoeducation is counter-productive.

If Donald Trump Is a Narcissist…

Finally, like other pundits making silly if not stupid pronouncements of how things will play out, I plead, "No contest."

Just What is a "Narcissist" Anyway?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on April 05, 2016 in Psych Unseen
Think you know what a narcissist is? Time for a reality check.

I'll Enable You if You'll Enable Me

The concept of enabling in alcoholism is just one example of a much wider phenomenon seen in couples, and it is two-way street. It both connects a couple and drives them apart.

How to Be a Great Pal to Your Borderline Friend

By Randi Kreger on March 29, 2016 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
Having a friend with a mental illness like borderline personality disorder takes a bit more time. You'll want to learn about the disorder and be aware of the common pitfalls.

The Personality Disordered Co-Parent and "The System" Part 3

How the "system" can help those who must co-parent with a personalty disordered person.

The Personality Disordered Co-Parent and "The System" Part 2

Trying to coparent with a personality disordered person is a challenge and the system needs to help, not hurt.

Personality Disordered Co-Parents and "The System", Part 1

Co-parenting with a disordered ex is difficult and requires assistance from people who often seem clueless.

What Children of Narcissists Sometimes Do

As counterintuitive as it may feel in the narcissistic dynamic (especially with a parent), focus on the self is key to healing.

What's in a Name?

By Jack Pemment MA, MS on March 24, 2016 in Blame the Amygdala
What role do ideas and ideology play in the formation of the conscience?

Working with Involuntary Therapy Patients

A therapist is an architect, not a carpenter.

The Paranoid Partner

By Joe Navarro M.A. on March 14, 2016 in Spycatcher
When there is more than suspicion in a relationship—the dangers of the paranoid personality in a relationship

The Imaginative, Idiosyncratic and Schizotypal Manager

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 10, 2016 in A Sideways View
What is Schizotypal Personality Disorder? Can you be a little schizotypal? Is this disorder related to creativity?

Can You Spot 10 Signs of a Childish Adult? In Candidates?

The President of the USA wields enormous power. Would you want the power of the presidency in the hands of someone who has the emotional maturity of a young child?

The Psychology of Naughtiness

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 23, 2016 in A Sideways View
Naughty people enjoy breaking the rules and challenging authority. Should we punish or promote naughtiness?

Hateful, Abusive, Neglectful Parent, or Doting Grandparent?

By David M. Allen M.D. on February 22, 2016 in A Matter of Personality
How does someone react if his or her parents, who had been guilty of abusive, neglectful, or invalidating treatment of them as children, dote on their grandchildren?