10 Types of Personality Disorders Explained – Part 1

Personality disorder is a peculiar way of thinking and behaving which develops at an early age and makes it difficult for a person to live a normal life. Such people find it difficult to maintain relationships and are mostly dissatisfied with their lives.

People suffering from personality disorders don’t believe that there is anything wrong with them and therefore, they don’t look for help. This makes the diagnosis extremely difficult.

It should be kept in mind that personality disorders are different from personality traits. The main differentiating factor in this case is the intensity of symptoms. For example, being shy can be a personality trait, but completely avoiding social gathering is a personality disorder.

This two part article outlines the commonly known symptoms of 10 personality disorder types of our era.

 

1. Schizoid Personality Disorder

  • People suffering from this disorder are extremely introvert.
  • They completely avoid social gatherings and have no desire to make friends.
  • They show little to no emotions and have no sympathy for others.
  • They have no interest in having intimate relationships or having a family.
  • They don’t take part in most leisure activities.
  • Such people find it difficult to keep a job.

 

2. Schizotypal Personality Disorder

  • A person suffering from this personality disorder is usually a nerd and intelligent.
  • Such people generally act awkwardly in front of others.
  • They take interest in magical fantasies such as magical games and movies.
  • They also avoid social gathering just like people suffering from schizoid personality disorder.
  • Such people may also believe in superstitions.

 

3. Paranoid Personality Disorder

  • Most of the dictators from the past and present are believed to have this disorder.
  • Such people generally don’t trust others.
  • They are overly worried about their security.
  • They feel as if every one is against them and is trying to harm them.
  • They believe that everything has a hidden meaning.
  • Such people are unforgiving in nature and hold grudges.
  • They have a distorted view of reality, but are not completely disconnected from it.

 

4. Borderline Personality Disorder

  • People suffering from this personality disorder experience sudden and drastic mood swings.
  • They act impulsively and are prone to substance abuse.
  • In most cases, this disorder is a direct result of certain behavior that have helped them in childhood to get what they want.
  • Such people have suicidal tendencies and can engage in the act of self-harm.
  • Life is either all good or all bad for them, there is no middle ground.

 

5. Histrionic Personality Disorder

  • Women are more likely to suffer from this disorder than men.
  • People who we generally refer to as “Drama Queens” mostly have this disorder.
  • Such people have colorful personalities and live to flirt with others.
  • They can do anything to grab the attention of others and be the center of attraction.
  • They are extremely concerned about their looks.
  • They have shallow emotions and no regard for other people’s feelings.

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