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Can narcissism be acquired or learned? Is the occurrence of Acquired Situational Narcissism (ASN)inevitable and universal - or are only certain people prone to it? Read here for further information on this type of narcissism that affects our mainstream celebrities and general population alike.
The connection between chronic anxiety, pathological narcissism, depression, obsessive-compulsive traits and alcoholism and drug abuse is well established and common in clinical practice. But not all narcissists, compulsives, depressives, and anxious people turn to the bottle or the needle.
Personality disorders are like tips of icebergs. They rest on a foundation of causes and effects, interactions and events, emotions and cognitions, functions and dysfunctions that together form the patient and make him or her what s/he is.
Persons with personality disorders have a body language specific to their disorder. The patient's body language usually reflects the underlying mental health problem. Read inside for more information about possible stances stemming from different personality disorders.
Traumas (such as brain injuries) have been known to induce states of mind akin to full-blown personality disorders. Read more about personality characteristics, traits of this specific kind of disorder and treatments that may be relevant.
Cluster B disorders, (the Dramatic, Emotional, or Erratic Cluster)are comprised of the Antisocial, Borderline, Histrionic, and Narcissistic Personality Disorders. We start with Cluster B because the personality disorders it includes are more pervasive in our society.
Psychology is more an art form than a science. There is no "Theory of Everything" from which one can derive all mental health phenomena and make falsifiable predictions. Still, as far as personality disorders are concerned, it is easy to discern common features.
Personality traits are enduring, usually rigid patterns of behavior, thinking(cognition), and emoting expressed in a variety of circumstances and situations and throughout one's life (typically from early adolescence onward). Some personality traits are harmful to both oneself and to others.
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Are personality disorders the outcomes of inherited traits? Are they brought on by abusive and traumatizing upbringing? Or, maybe they are the sad results of the confluence of both?
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