Personality disorders are a prime cause of interpersonal conflicts.
Here’s how to spot the telltale behaviors that typically indicate their presence.
To spot and identify a personality disorder:
Once you notice that there is something wrong with the way a person relates to others, ask yourself if the problematic behavior is primarily about the fact that the person:
A. Is odd/out of touch; their actions are really weird (or paranoid).
B. Upsets/hurts others. They create conflict or unhappiness.
C. Is irrationally fearful or anxiously controlling. They’re uptight/nervous.
If you choose A, the person may have a “Cluster A” personality disorder.
If you choose B, they may have a “Cluster B” personality disorder.
If you choose C, they may have a “Cluster C” personality disorder.
Next, click here and look over each disorder listed in the cluster that you chose.
If you identify them as having the minimum number of traits required, then you’ve probably solved your puzzle. (FYI: Some people do have just a couple of traits).
Are you a psychologist? No. Is this an official diagnosis or a perfect science? Of course not. No doubt, there will be some mistakes in your layperson’s venture into psychology.
But you’ve likely pinned it down fairly decently, and that can make your search for information about what to do much more effective.
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