If You Know Extremely Difficult People, You Might Be One of Them

Personality disorders  are pervasive chronic psychological disorders, which can greatly affect a person's life. Having a personality disorder can affect one's work, one's family, and one's social life. You may have experienced a personality disordered work colleague or family member not only as “extremely difficult”, but difficult, to the point where they cause themselves significant life problems.

Most people can live pretty normal lives with mild personality disorders (or more simply, personality traits), during times of increased stress or external pressures (work, family, a new relationship, etc.), the symptoms of the personality disorder will gain strength and begin to seriously interfere with their emotional and psychological functioning.

Probably the most common personality disorder is borderline personality disorder (BPD) - more often seen in women. BPD can be great mood swings, intense anger even at benign events, idealization of their spouse or coworker), and then, when activated or angered, devaluation of those same people.

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is most often seen in men. With NPD, there is a great concern to help themselves to the exclusion of others. This may be translated into feeling endangered or somehow devalued. On the other hand, the narcissistic personality can view himself as invulnerable, and consider himself superior and automatically entitled to special treatment.

Histrionic personality may have similarities with BPD, however, showing less anger and more chaos. The anti-social personality disorder shows extreme disregard for the rules of society and very little empathy. Dependent personality disorders are common, demonstrating powerlessness and passivity, may marry a spouse who is often aggressive, and affected with the more chaotic personality disorders described above.

Personality Disorder Types
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