05-04-09, 06:28 PM #1
Disorder vs. personality type
Where do you draw a line between having a psychological disorder and merely having a problematic personality type?
Lots of people don't have a disorder, but still find it hard to unlearn behavioural patterns and not make mistakes.
At what point do you label something as a recognized "disorder"? Would you call it that only if you literally can't unlearn it?
05-04-09, 07:19 PM #2
I have discovered that most "disorders" and "problematic personality types" are different forms of retardation. Without the proper intelligence they can't possibly be expected to learn a new behaviour, or?
These people often seem to block themselves automatically from learning something new.
Afraid of finding out they were "wrong".
We can't change them. Just let them be. Suffer in silence.
05-04-09, 07:27 PM #3
05-04-09, 07:40 PM #4
I'd say it's a disorder when it stops you from being a functional person without accommodations. I have some disagreeable aspects to my personality, but I can accommodate the situation if need be.
05-04-09, 08:26 PM #5
I think it's based on your behavior how frequent it is, how "abnormal" the behavior, how many other people behave that way. Basically whatever the DSM IV says. If you meet all of the criteria for a disorder, then you have a disorder. If you don't, then you just have issues, but no disorder.
similarly, there is a gradient with the clear extremes being obvious fits and the less extreme falling into "catch all" categories or, worse, being opted in or out by the diagnosing physician, again subject to their interpretation.
It will be a while until all these disorders are fully understood to the point that there is a clear point at which it "is or isn't" something - not to mention that these disorders are also somewhat defined in respect to how one fits the mold of society, which is also constantly in a state of flux.
05-05-09, 07:01 AM #6Where do you draw a line between having a psychological disorder and merely having a problematic personality type?
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