The unique pattern of consistency in behavior that distinguishes each person from every other person.
An enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that is inflexible, pervasive, and stable; deviates markedly from the expectations of a person’s culture; and causes significant distress or impairment.
A psychological attribute that is relatively stable for an individual over time and across different situations.
Experiences that seem to be a natural part of the self.
A personality disorder characterized by habitual suspicion, mistrust, irritability, and hostility.
paranoid personality disorder
A personality disorder characterized by extreme indifference to social relationships and a pervasive emotional blandness.
schizoid personality disorder
A personality disorder characterized by odd ways of talking, thinking, acting, and dressing, as well as social isolation and a lack of close relationships.
schizotypal personality disorder
A personality disorder characterized by extreme attention-seeking behaviors, flamboyance, and suggestibility.
histrionic personality disorder
A personality disorder characterized by an overinflated sense of self-importance and worth the leads to a sense of entitlement to special privileges and exemptions from the rules that apply to others.
narcissistic personality disorder
A personality disorder characterized by impulsivity and instability in several areas of functioning, including mood, behavior, self-image, and interpersonal relationships.
borderline personality disorder
A mental health term that refers to the inability of a person to control or regulate his or her emotional responses to provocative stimuli.
A personality disorder characterized by repeated rule breaking, chronic manipulativeness, a callous outlook toward the rights of others and society, and tendencies to behave impulsively, dishonestly, irresponsibly, and without remorse.
antisocial personality disorder
A personality disorder characterized by constant feelings of inadequacy, especially in social situations.
avoidant personality disorder
A personality disorder characterized by excessive self-sacrifice, an inability to make decisions without exorbitant help, and a dread of being alone.
dependent personality disorder
A personality disorder characterized by a preoccupation with rules, details, and organization in many aspects of life, so much so that the person is stubbornly perfectionistic.
obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
A treatment for boardline and other severe personality disorders that is based on psychoanalytic concepts and techniques that work with clients’ early relationship templates to help clients construct a more stable adult identity.
A comprehensive form of cognitive-behavioral therapy designed specifically for the treatment of BPD. It focuses on increasing skills that allow individuals to accept current difficulties and work toward change.
dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)