ARSON, ANIMAL CRUELTY AND LACK OF REMORSE - TRAITS OF PERSONALITY DISORDERS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN A PERSON
DEC 11, 2018 @5.11 PM
Have you ever smiled or greeted someone repeatedly over a period of time, who in response walked passed by without even acknowledging your existence? You might perceive them as cold, when in reality they might just be suffering from a personality disorder.
Dr Bharathi S. Vengadasalam, Consultant Psychiatrist at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur disclosed that persons with personality disorders tend to exhibit maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition and inner experience, exhibited across many contexts and deviating from those accepted by the individual's culture.
“You won’t see it as episodic. That’s how they are throughout their lives. It’s very fixed form of personality. For example, antisocial personality disorder – which doesn’t mean that they don’t have friends.
“What it really means is that they go against society’s norms without feeling guilty of their actions. However, they can experience life without performing crimes.
She explained that it usually starts with conduct disorder in childhood and extends into adulthood which may be manifested when they’re young through fire-setting and cruelty to animals. Such forms of personality disorders are very hard to treat.
Obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD)
OCPD is yet another form of personality disorder where a person might display traits such as being overly meticulous, micro-managing and rigid.
“They could be very good at their work but they would over extend themselves to the sense that they become over meticulous of what they do,” she added.
Paranoid personality disorder (PPD)
PPD is a mental disorder characterised by paranoia and pervasive suspiciousness and generalised mistrust of others which tend to look like schizophrenia. Due to this, they may be overly concern with hidden motives as they expect to be exploited by others, unable to work collaboratively, may distance themselves from society, suffer from inferiority complex - are detached and hostile.
Those who fall under this category tend to exhibit a strong need for self-sufficiency, are rigid and often litigious. They may also appear calculative and cold.
“That’s their trait throughout their lives," revealed Dr Bharathi.
PPD is attributed to a mixture of things – upbringing, their own temperament as a child, psychologically and socially. Sometimes, the way people perceive and appraise things in their earlier years can cause them to develop a certain personality as they grow older.
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