What is... insights into psychology series
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?
Stigma

Stigma Is Bad… Except for one Diagnosis?

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 one Diagnosis?

What is... insights into psychology series
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

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

What Is… Ego-Dystonic & Ego-Syntonic Beliefs

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's terms are ego-dystonic and ego-sytonic. The terms ego-syntonic/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 do… Continue reading What Is… Ego-Dystonic & Ego-Syntonic Beliefs

What is... insights into psychology series
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… Continue reading What Is… Antisocial vs. Asocial

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

What Is… a Personality Trait vs. Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week, we'll look at the difference between a personality trait and disorder. Personality traits Wikipedia defines personality traits as "habitual patterns of behaviour, thought, and emotion" that are mostly stable across time and context.  Some traits fall on a continuum,… Continue reading What Is… a Personality Trait vs. Disorder

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

What Is… Narcissism & Narcissistic Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is narcissism. You can find narcissism everywhere on the internet these days, so I wanted to delve into it a little further.  The term derives from Greek mythology and the story of Narcissus, who fell in love with… Continue reading What Is… Narcissism & Narcissistic Personality Disorder