Jaffe provides another essay with insight on personality disorders. A nice job and well thought out.
Please do not underestimate the impact of personality disorders on family and societal discord.
Psych junk science is particularly in play when psych and social work and psychology people are trying to make personality disorders better.
It is important to know that some of the failures are because personality disorders don’t want to get better-they like what they are in a perverse way. And they love to work over a well meaning care giver or family member. The don’t want to get better since often being unhappy is their best tool for manipulation. Scary, isn’t it?
If you know someone at work or in your family that is impossible, unpredictable, unstable, impulsive, without conscience or social restraints–you got one. Too bad for you. They will wear out their friends and family and blame them for their unhappiness.
They will burst into your life, use you up, and go on their way.
Women have borderline personality disorder diagnosed where men get diagnosed sociopathic.
Psychopaths are equivalent to sociopaths.
There are 3 groups of personality disorders, the wierd, the wild and the withdrawn.
Group A is the wierd–odd ducks, only the paranoid are a problem,
Group B is the wild, the troublesome ones, narcissistic, histrionic, borderline, sociopathic, most problematic because they have no conscience and are manipulative and mendacious–often good politicians and businessmen/even professionals but still very difficult to deal with cause they are so antisocial and self centered. Group B can be successful and dominate the incarcerated, you might say that the incarcerated often are unhappy, but their mood disorders are a symptom of their situation and their underlying problems. They threaten suicide and self mutilate to manipulate and they do get depressed–you’d be depressed too if you were a loser.
Group C are the withdrawn, socially uneasy and shy, only the obsessive compulsive personality disorders in the group and the serverely anxious and dependent are a problem in Group C because they tend to be control freaks are a burden to their friends and family.
Personality disorders are really best understood as growth or maturation disorders–they get stuck on an immature level, and can’t get off. There is no cure, counseling might get some to grow up or mature but they are a stubborn bunch to treat. Many psychiatrists try to avoid taking care of people who are predominantly personality disorders.