Defining the Sociopath – Sociopathy Personality Disorder

Defining the Sociopath – Sociopathy Personality Disorder

For several months now, I’ve been taking you through the list of the 13 recognized personality disorders. I addressed the Antisocial a few months ago, defining that person as one whose thinking, reasoning and judgment are severely impaired. Thy constantly misperceive situations and other people, then act according to their misperceptions. Their minds are missing that moral compass that expressed or feels empathy or likemindedness with...

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Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder

Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder

“She’s so passive aggressive,” is a term I hear a lot of people saying in just about any environment, whether people are talking about their mother in law’s meddling or a stranger in the grocery store parking lot. Unfortunately, passive-aggressive behavior is something we all practice at one time or another as it becomes a sort of strategy used when we don’t think we can honestly speak our minds or can’t be...

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The Difference Between Obsessive-Compulsive and OCD

The Difference Between Obsessive-Compulsive and OCD

It is important to distinguish the Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder from the obsessive-compulsive mood disorder often referred to as OCD. Obsessive Compulsive Mood Disorder (OCD) – Patients with the MOOD disorder suffer from intrusive and unrelenting thoughts and the persistent feeling that something is wrong, some important task has not been completed or has not been done properly.  These thoughts cause such intense anxiety that...

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Dependent Personality Disorder: Needy People Who Require Domination

Dependent Personality Disorder: Needy People Who Require Domination

Several months ago, I began covering the various documented personality disorders in this blog. Unfortunately, this is the domain of the rarely curable. Perhaps one day there will be a cure for every sort of mental malady and malfunction, but that is not the case today. It’s important to familiarize ourselves with the specific classes and cases of disorders that are not organic in nature (as opposed to something like depression which is...

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Do You Remember When You Felt Really Great?

Do You Remember When You Felt Really Great?

  Obviously, when people seek me out, they’re hurting in some way. Something doesn’t feel right. Once an appointment is scheduled, I ask my client to complete my Online Pre-Appointment Survey, which helps us zero in on what’s not working, as well as symptoms of how they’re feeling. When we meet together in person (or in long distance cases, on Skype), this is something we discuss at even greater depth. I think, though, that what surprises...

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Avoidant Personality Fears Ridicule

Avoidant Personality Fears Ridicule

There’s a difference between being shy and having an avoidant personality disorder. People with avoidant symptoms have such low self esteem and self worth that what they actually fear – ridicule and humiliation – is exactly what seems to pile on their heads. Avoidant personalities will seem to visibly flinch at attention. For this reason, they avoid social interaction to the extreme. While they inwardly fantasize about having...

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