The 10 Types Of Personality Disorder

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Personality refers to a distinctive set of traits, behavior styles, and patterns that make up our character or individuality. How we perceive the world, our attitudes, thoughts, and feelings are all part of our personality. People with healthy personalities are able to cope with normal stresses and have no trouble forming relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.

Those who struggle with a personality disorder have great difficulty dealing with other people. They tend to be inflexible, rigid, and unable to respond to the changes and demands of life. Although they feel that their behavior patterns are “normal” or “right”, people with personality disorders tend to have a narrow view of the world and find it difficult to participate in social activities.

Below are the 10 different types of personality disorders that are affecting society today all around the world.

  1. Paranoid
  2. Paranoid personality disorder is an excessive anxiety or fear concerning one’s own well-being which is considered irrational and excessive, perhaps to the point of being a psycho. Some of the typical examples include a strong belief on likely threats, or a belief in a conspiracy theory. The paranoid person usually blames or fears people better than them for their distinctive actions.

  3. Schizoid
  4. is a lack of interest in social relationships leaning more towards a solitary lifestyle tied with emotional coldness. Schizoid personality disorder is reasonably rare compared with other personality disorders because its state of occurence is estimated at less than 1% of the general population.

  5. Schizotypal
  6. is a need for social isolation, odd behaviour and thinking, and often unconventional beliefs such as being convinced of having extra sensory abilities. There is a high rate of schizotypal coexisting with other personality disorders. It could be due to overlapping criteria with other personality disorders, such as avoidant personality disorder and paranoid personality disorder.

  7. Antisocial
  8. is significantly more common among men than among women. Antisocials appear to experience a limited range of human emotions. This can explain their lack of empathy for the suffering of others, since they cannot experience the emotion concerning empathy or suffering. Risk-seeking behavior and substance abuse may be attempts to escape feeling empty or emotionally void.

  9. Borderline
  10. is a mental health disorder usually believes that something is one of only two possible things, and ignoring any other possible outcome in betweens. It is described by mental health professionals as a serious mental illness characterized by pervasive instability in mood, interpersonal relationships, self-image, identity, and behavior, and a disturbance in the individual’s sense of self.

  11. Histrionic
  12. involves a pattern of excessive emotional expression and attention-seeking, such as high needs for approval and inappropriate seductiveness, that usually begins in early adulthood. Histrionic personality disorder individuals have a pervasive and excessive pattern of emotionality which makes them lively, dramatic, enthusiastic, and flirtatious. They may be inappropriately sexually provocative, express strong emotions with an impressionistic style, and be easily influenced by others.

  13. Narcissistic
  14. is the extreme focus on oneself, that is persistent and it causes significant distress and functional impairment. Not everyone with NPD may be the same. Some would have more noticeable traits concerning wealth, looks or power.

  15. Avoidant
  16. is a pattern of feelings of inadequacy, extreme sensitivity to negative comments and avoiding social interaction. People with avoidant personality disorder often consider themselves to be socially clumsy or personally unappealing, and avoids social interaction for fear of being ridiculed, humiliated, or disliked.

  17. Dependent
  18. is the psychological dependence on other people. People with this personality disorder experience difficulty in making everyday decisions without an excessive amount of advice and reassurance from others. There is a needy sense for others to assume responsibility for most major areas of his or her life.

  19. Obsessive-Compulsive
  20. is defined as obsessiveness, distress, busy thoughts that attempts to neutralize the obsessions. And so it is also considered as an anxiety disorder. It is listed by the World Health Organization as one of the top ten most disabling illnesses in terms of lost income and diminished quality of life.

I took the personality disorder test and it looks like I’m pretty focused on myself. =P How about you?

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3 thoughts on “The 10 Types Of Personality Disorder”

  1. I survived a very abusive relationship and believe my ex has Borderline Personality Disorder. The court ordered psych eval said he has a “personality disorder” but not did not specify.

    Some traits I have noticed:

    *Lifelong history or behavioral pattern of addictive behavior
    *Has a belief that it is “me against the world”. You are either on his side or the enemy, period.
    *Due to his beliefs, he cannot work with other people or socialize normally. He cannot hold a regular job. He is self-employed and his business practice are chaotic. In dealing with the public he is dishonest (“con” man) and manipulates people to his advantage. He does not have any close friends, again uses people or just prefers to be alone. He also thinks he is smarter than everyone else, and has to maneuver around people who are trying to hurt him (aka I will get you first before you get me).
    *He has a long history of developing close relationships with vulnerable young girls, barely out of their teens, and my opinion is that he cannot form relationships with adult women
    *Multi-generational family history of dysfunction– mental and physical abuse, alcoholism, etc I have seen his mother in action, and she uses and manipulates people. His step-father is controlling and emotionally abusive. His bio dad is an institutionalized alcoholic, and known to have physically abused the family
    *Long history of criminal convictions
    *Capable of high levels of deception. You never know his true thoughts or feelings.
    *Can be a chameleon–will change his feelings and appearance to play other people, or to hide his true motivations
    *Plays poker (gambling addiction) and prides himself on fooling people
    *When feeling threatened, will go into extreme fits of rage. My daughter told me that she wants to give “dad’ a deer target for Christmas because “he can take his rages out on that”
    *Avoids responsibility– blames, threatens or intimidates others to take responsible. Then portrays himself as the “victim”
    *When he is caught and cannot deny his actions, he may
    a) go into a paranoid/schizotypal state lasting days, weeks or months
    b) become unstable or violent
    c) completely changes his persona and character into someone else
    *Uses my children as pawns in his war against me
    *Has manipulated, lied and charmed people (triangulation) to spread lies and false allegations against me
    *Filed false reports with police, doctors, school and family court
    *Has abused both me and my children. As a result of abuse, the kids and I were homeless for 18 mos
    *Has begun to spread his bizarre and dysfunctional beliefs to my children, at times frightening them
    *The mental and physical abuse on my children is so severe that they both have emotional and behavioral problems
    *He killed or had the family pet, a cat, killed because he is angry with me
    *Stole my family history albums going back to the 1800’s to take revenge on me, and I had to go to court to get them back
    *Stalked me and broke into my online accounts. Was watching me for months and I did not even know.

    There is so much more…. but you get the idea. It is horrific that family court gave sole custody of my beautiful children to this man! They are not safe!

  2. It sounds to me like the man has much more serious problems than borderline. I am not a professional but he sounds more Antisocial Personality Disorder. These people don’t think the rules pertain to them. He could also have another mental illness like depression. My advice would be since you have and are going through SO MUCH to get a therapist and a psychiatrist for yourself. The psychiatrist would be to prescribe medication if you need it. I’ve been a victim of domestic violence, police abuse and sexual assault twice and I take anxiety and depression medication from a psychiatrist. The therapist could help you talk through things and possibly help you find ways to get around your husband like getting you in touch with a case manager. You might also google the National Alliance on Mental Illness and call their information line and thy will tell you how to contact your state chapter. I worked for the Oklahoma chapter for 14 years before I became disabled from arthritis the disabling condition in my neck and spine from police abuse in the ER after a suicide attempt during a traumatic time. Men are psychotic. LOL. Maybe not all of them. Anyway if you can’t afford therapy most states have public mental health departments that are free if you qualify usually goes by income and assets. If you are just above that some therapists go by sliding scale. Also, try going to your local women’s shelters like the YWCA and the National Organization for Women to see if they know of any resources even some of the civil rights groups might help. They help everyone when their rights have been violated. Try some parents rights groups too. I hope this helps. Please let me know if this information is enough through this site. GOOD LUCK ????????????

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