The human psyche, instead of considering it to be a science project, should be thought more of an art form. There’s really no theory of everything from which one is able to derive all mental health phenomena, and then make falsifiable predictions.
Still, when it comes to personality disorders, it becomes a lot more easier to discern the usual common features.
What the majority of these personality disorders share are a set of identifiable symptoms which are revealed by the founder. Distinct signs which are observed by the practitioner.
It’s found subjects who may be suffering from instances of these certain disorders all show common traits.
The most obvious and thus the easiest to identify are relentlessness, persistence, stubbornness and insistence, provided that they’re not suffering from avoidance disorder.
The Most Common Of Personality Disorders
What they feel is entitlement and will usually vocally demand that they get preferential treatment, this along with privileged access to resources as well as personnel which they don’t deserve.
They’ll often complain about having multiple symptoms. They’ll get involved in power plays and head games usually by challenging authority figures such as their bosses, or their doctor, and will rarely obey instructions or observe the unwritten rules which are set on prescribed procedure or conduct.
What they’ll do is hold themselves superior above others for no reason, or, at the very least, think that their exceptionally unique. There are many with personality disorders that involves self inflated and self perceived grandiosity.
The Symptoms Of A Common Personality Disorder
These subjects are usually incapable of displaying true empathy, which is the ability to be able to appreciate as well as respect the needs along with the wishes of others. When pressed under clinical study, they will usually alienate the therapist by treating them as inferior to them.
So the reveal is that most of the patients who has revealed to have a disorder are usually self preoccupied, extremely self-centered, repetitive, and as a result predictable and boring.
They will constantly seek of a means to manipulate, trick, or exploit others for their advantage, whether it’s obvious or not. They usually can’t trust any one, while having a diminished capacity to love someone or share their souls intimately.
The reason for this is that they don’t have the capacity to be able to trust or love others, let alone themselves. They’re usually socially maladaptive as well as being emotionally unstable and unreachable.
What’s not known is whether these types of personality disorders are the tragic outcome of nature, as in how their brains are wired, or if it’s the end result, the remnants of a lack of proper nurturing or neglect when younger.
The Theory Of Where It Begins
Generally, it’s thought that the majority of these personality disorders begin in one’s early adolescence as mere issues or delays of personal development at various stages of growing up, most likely brought forth by some type of trauma.
Exacerbated by constant rejection or repeated abuse, they then as a result become classified as full fledged dysfunctional. Personality disorders display enduring patterns, usually rigid of emotions, traits, and cognition.
So these individuals rarely evolve but rather remain stable in this state, being pervasive but not episodic. What “pervasive” in this context refers to is that their disorder affects all areas of their lives, their relationships, work, career, and their social functionality.
The Result Of A Disorder
Certain personality disorders will cause unhappiness which is usually associated with mood and anxiety disorders. They usually dislike or may even resent who they are, how they’re behaving, and the destructive effects which they have on those who they are closest to.
Yet, these individuals and their particular disorder are usually defense mechanisms writ large. Thus as a result, just a few are completely or truly self-aware or capable of any introspective insights which are life transforming to heal.
Those with personality disorders will also typically suffer from other issues such as obsessive compulsion. They become constantly worn out by the need for them to reign in their self-destructive behaviors and their self defeating impulses.
They would rather than accept responsibility for the consequences because of their actions, just tend to blame others or the outside world in general for their failures, misfortune, and circumstances.
Consequently, they’ll also fall prey to paranoid delusions along with its associated anxieties. When they become stressed out, they’ll attempt to preempt any threats, whether real or imaginary, attempting to change the rules of the game.
They’ll choose to introduce new variables, or attempt to manipulate their immediate environment to conform to their needs. What they do is regard everything and everyone as mere instruments of gratification.
Those Cluster Facts
Those who are classified with Cluster B personality disorder, such as being antisocial or narcissistic are primarily ego syntonic. This even though they’re usually faced with formidable character and behavioral flaws, emotional deficiencies with overwhelmingly wasted lives, squandering their potential.
These individuals on the surface don’t find that their personality traits, their flaws or behavior are objectionable or disagreeable, and won’t alienate themselves.
The Obvious Distinctions
There’s also a clear distinction between those who may have certain personality disorders with those who are full blown psychoses. The former will usually have no hallucinations, thought disorders, or severe delusions.
At its extremity, those who may be suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder will experience brief psychotic episodes. Those with personality disorders are usually fully oriented with their senses intact, with excellent memory recall and will also display a general fund of knowledge.