Personality Disorders Each Individual Has Term Paper

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People with high self-esteem do not behave in an antisocial manner. They are not overly dramatic and they also do not feel like the world revolves around them. The low self-esteem manifests itself in the various characteristics displayed by people with these personality disorders and surprisingly, manner of the characteristics are the same.

We all have our own interpretation of what is considered normal behavior. For the most part, most people agree on the type of behavior that people should display. Everyone has their own quirks and idiosyncrasies and some people may not be familiar with the three personality disorders discussed here, yet they know when a person's behavior is different than what society considers normal. None of the three personality types is normal. They may seem like three separate personality types, and they are. Some traits are similar in all three, but they are acted out differently among the three different personalities.

Individuals displaying any of the three personalities behave in a manner that attracts attention that many would consider unwelcome. The person with the antisocial personality disorder may shun others and keep to himself, yet he is prone to behave or commit acts of violence that if caught, will definitely draw attention to him. Serial killers are a perfect example of someone who has an antisocial personality disorder. Jeffrey Dahmer can be considered a sociopath, but as mentioned earlier many people with (ASPD) are also considered sociopaths. He was a loner and seemed quiet, yet he tortured and killed young men in his apartment. He didn't seem to want any attention, yet he performed heinous acts that would definitely get him noticed and declared infamous.

Anais Nin was certainly creative, artistic and talented. She had a gift for writing and could have stood on this talent alone. Yet, because she was diagnosed with histrionic personality disorder, achieving notoriety by simply using her natural talent of writing wasn't enough. She wanted to be known for more than her writing skills so she chronicled her life which was full of indiscretions and published the diaries for the whole world to see. Any normal person would try to hide the fact that they have had multiple extra marital affairs and they would more than likely suppress that fact of having an incestuous relationship with their father.

The narcissist behaves in a way that attracts attention also and much like the antisocial or histrionic individuals the attention is almost always negative. Since these individuals are self-absorbed they aren't particularly concerned with what others think of them. In their world everything revolves around them and at times, they can be a bit tyrannical. By their selfish behavior and actions, these people attract the type of attention that most of us would shun.

Fortunately, there are several different options for treatment of each personality disorder. The difficult part is that those with the disorders don't feel that there is anything wrong with them or the way they behave so they may not even seek out help. Hopefully, these individuals have family members or close friends who are aware of the disorders and can assist them with getting the proper help that they need in order to be able to deal with daily life. We often look at people with personality disorders label them as weird or think they are acting out. We respond this way because most aren't even aware of the different types of disorders. This is why it is important that issues like these are discussed openly. If we don't bring these issues to the forefront, those affected will not get the help they need.

References

Kehagia, Angie, a. (2009). Anais Nin: A case study of personality disorder and creativity.

Personality and Individual Differences, 46(8), 800-808.

Rosenthal, Seth a. And Pittinsky, Todd L. (2006). Narcissistic leadership. The Leadership

Quarterly. 17(6), 617-633.

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Kehagia, Angie, a. (2009). Anais Nin: A case study of personality disorder and creativity.

Personality and Individual Differences, 46(8), 800-808.

Rosenthal, Seth a. And Pittinsky, Todd L. (2006). Narcissistic leadership. The Leadership

Quarterly. 17(6), 617-633.

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