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Unformatted text preview: April 8, 2008 What is personality? Distinctive and relatively enduring ways of: Thinking Feeling Acting Characterizes the context of our life Ultimately personality derives from observation of other individuals and society Behavioral components of ones identity- internal behavior/ interpersonality that makes us who we are in terms of how people perceive us What are personality traits? Enduring patterns of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about the environment and oneself that are exhibited in a wide range of social and personal contexts Only ohen personality traits are inflexible and maladaptive can we start to think of them as personality disorders as opposed to sub-traits o Causes social/functional impairment of some part (home, work, academia) o Subject to stress o At what point does it cross the threshold of diagnosis? What are personality disorders? Odd, eccentric Dramatic, emotional, or erratic Anxious, fearful * to some degree, personality disorders are somewhat chronic- they originate in childhood- last throughout...
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