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Cluster B Personality Disorders  

A personality disorder is a disorder of character that involves consistent, long-lasting, maladaptive ways of thinking and behaving. Psychologists enumerate three main types: Type A (odd or eccentric types); Type B (emotional, dramatic types), and Type C (fearful, anxious types). It's the Type B personality disorders that we're seeing so much of today. Symptoms of these four different types of "Cluster B" personality disorders are:

Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
  • A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation ("splitting")
  • Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self.
  • Impulsivity in at least 2 areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating).
  • Recurrent suicidal behaviour, gestures or threats, or self-mutilating behaviour.
  • Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days).
  • Chronic feelings of emptiness.
  • Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights).
  • Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements, expects to be recognized as superior without actually completing the achievements)
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, brilliance, beauty, or perfect love.
  • Believes that they are "special" and can only be understood by or should only associate with other special people (or institutions).
  • Requires excessive admiration.
  • Has a sense of entitlement, such as an unreasonable expectation of favorable treatment or compliance with his or her expectations.
  • Is exploitative and takes advantage of others to achieve their own ends.
  • Lacks empathy and is unwilling to identify with the needs of others.
  • Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of them.
  • Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors and attitudes

Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Uncomfortable when not the center of attention
  • Seductive or provocative behavior
  • Shifting and shallow emotions
  • Uses appearance to draw attention
  • Impressionistic and vague speech
  • Dramatic or exaggerated emotions
  • Suggestible (easily influenced by others)
  • Considers relationships more intimate than they are

Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Failure to conform to social norms concerning lawful behaviors, such as performing acts that are grounds for arrest.
  • Deceitfulness, repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for pleasure or personal profit.
  • Impulsivity or failure to plan.
  • Irritability and aggressiveness, often with physical fights or assaults.
  • Reckless disregard for the safety of self or others.
  • Consistent irresponsibility, failure to sustain consistent work behavior, or honor monetary obligations.
  • Lack of remorse, being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another person.

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