10 Types of Personality Disorders Explained – Part 2

6. Antisocial Personality Disorder

  • This is the most dangerous type of personality disorder.
  • Most of the serial killers are believed to have this disorder.
  • Such people exploit others without any guilt.
  • They may appear charming but are extremely dangerous and are criminal minded.
  • Such people lack conscience.
  • They don’t even show remorse to their friends or family members.
  • This disorder if found in children, is termed as conduct disorder and can be treated after timely diagnosis.

 

7. Narcissistic Personality Disorder

  • Such people are generally arrogant and have huge ego.
  • They have a false sense of grandiose and entitlement.
  • They think and act as if they are celebrities.
  • They constantly need recognition and praise from others in order to feel good.
  • They take advantage of others to get ahead in life.
  • Such people are generally very successful in life.

 

8. Avoidant Personality Disorder

  • People having this disorder have introvert personalities and are insecure about themselves.
  • They want to have friends, but are too shy to interact with others.
  • Such people are oversensitive and are scared of rejection.
  • They lack self confidence and isolate themselves even though they want to be social.
  • They are reluctant to take any risk in life because they are afraid that others will judge them if they fail.

 

9. Dependent Personality Disorder

  • As the name suggests, people suffering from this personality disorder are heavily dependent on others to get through in life.
  • Such people have very low self-esteem.
  • They even surrender their important responsibilities.
  • They are extremely scared of being abandoned.
  • They find it difficult to make everyday decisions.
  • They feel helpless when they are alone.
  • A prime example of this disorder is a person who stays in an abusive relationship even though he / she can get out of it if they try.

 

10. Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

  • This disorder is not to be confused with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, because in case of OCD, the person knows that his / her behavior is not normal.
  • Moreover, a person suffering from OCPD does not engage in repetitive activities such as washing hands or checking the lock countless number of times.
  • Such people are workaholic and are generally successful in life.
  • They pay too much attention to the detail and are control freaks.
  • Steve Jobs is known to have this disorder and was therefore, difficult to work with.

 

Final Words

Science is at an early stage of figuring out what causes these personality disorders. According to some theories, they are the result of a person’s environment in childhood and upbringing. Other studies suggest that certain genes in a person’s body can be responsible for different personality disorders.

Certain types of personality disorders do share some common symptoms and therefore, this article should only be taken as a baseline and proper diagnosis should be left to mental health professionals.

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