Personality Disorders

Personality - Personality Disorders 9 Describe the nature of personality disorders focusing on the characteristics of the antisocial personality

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Personality Disorders 9. Describe the nature of personality disorders, focusing on the characteristics of the antisocial personality disorder. Personality disorders are psychological disorders characterized by inflexible and enduring behavior patterns that impair social functioning. The most troubling of these disorders is the antisocial personality disorder in which a person (usually a man) exhibits a lack of conscience for wrong-doing, even toward friends and family members. This person may be aggressive and ruthless or a clever con artist. Dissociation and Multiple Personalities 10. Describe the characteristics and possible causes of dissociative identity disorder. In dissociative disorder, the person appears to experience a sudden loss of memory or change in identity. Dissociative identity disorder is a rare disorder in which a person exhibits two or more distinct and alternating personalities, with the original personality typically unaware of the other(s). Psychoanalysts see these dissociative disorders as defenses against the anxiety caused by
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course PSY 2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '08 term at Broward College.

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