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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Paranoid Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is paranoid personality disorder. With this post on paranoid personality personality (PPD), we've now covered all ten personality disorders in the DSM-5 (you can find the rest of them in the Psychology Corner). PPD falls within the DSM-5's… Continue reading What Is… Paranoid Personality Disorder

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What Is… Borderline Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is borderline personality disorder. I've contemplated writing this post for a while, and was somewhat reluctant because there are quite a few bloggers out there with borderline personality disorder (BPD), who can certainly tell it a lot better than… Continue reading What Is… Borderline Personality Disorder

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Avoidant Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is avoidant personality disorder. Avoidant personality disorder (AVPD) falls within the DSM-5's cluster C of anxious/fearful personality disorders. It's characterized by intense feelings of inadequacy and fear of social rejection, and avoidance is relied upon as a coping… Continue reading What Is… Avoidant Personality Disorder

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Schizoid & Schizotypal Personality Disorders

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week we're doing a 2-for-1 looking at schizoid and schizotypal personality disorder. Both schizoid and schizotypal personality disorder fall within the DSM-5's cluster A, which is the odd/eccentric cluster. Despite the similarities in names (it took me a long time… Continue reading What Is… Schizoid & Schizotypal Personality Disorders

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Dependent Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is dependent personality disorder. Dependent personality disorder (DPD) falls within cluster C, the anxious/avoidant personality disorders, in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). People with DPD believe they're unable to care for themselves, and behave… Continue reading What Is… Dependent Personality Disorder

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Histrionic Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is histrionic personality disorder. Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) falls within the DSM-5's cluster B of dramatic/emotional/erratic personality disorders. Like any personality disorder, it doesn't just pop up out of nowhere in adulthood; it starts early and is pretty… Continue reading What Is… Histrionic Personality Disorder

Mental illness is bad: Except for narcissistic personality disorder?
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Stigma Is Bad… Except for Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Mental illness stigma is a very real problem. Those of us living with mental illness usually aren't thrilled when people casually toss around mental illness diagnoses as adjectives, such as "she's so bipolar" or "he's so OCD" or "everyone's a little ADHD." Yet, when it comes to narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), all of a sudden… Continue reading Stigma Is Bad… Except for Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is obsessive compulsive personality disorder. When people say that someone is "a little OCD," chances are, what they're referring to has little, if anything, to do with obsessive compulsive disorder. What they're talking about is far more like… Continue reading What Is… Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Ego-Syntonic & Ego-Dystonic

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's terms are ego-syntonic and ego-dystonic. The terms ego-syntonic and ego-dystonic come from the field of psychoanalysis, and were coined by Sigmund Freud in 1914. Ego-syntonic ideas match up with the ego's needs, view of the self, and personality. Ego-dystonic beliefs… Continue reading What Is… Ego-Syntonic & Ego-Dystonic

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Antisocial vs. Asocial

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's terms are antisocial and asocial. For some reason, I have a very clear memory of a moment shortly after my nursing career began. I was at work and was saying something about being antisocial. One of the psychiatrists looked at… Continue reading What Is… Antisocial vs. Asocial