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Old 04-05-14, 10:05 PM   #1
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I googled personality disorders and this definition arose:

"Personality disorders are a group of mental health conditions in which a person has a long‑term pattern of behaviors, emotions, and thoughts that is very different from his or her culture's expectations."

So does this mean individual thinkers are atomatically catagorized as having a disorder? I've thought at one time or another that I've had narcissistic pd, borderline pd, avoidant pd, histronic pd, dependent, co-dependent, etc. I can think of very few who don't show signs of some disorder or another.

I've also read that my country's dysfunctional human behavior rate is in the 80th percentile. As our society continues to be contaminated with dysfunctional cycles of thoughts and behaviors, we loose site of what functional really is.

So, we are either dysfunctional or living with it all around us. Where does it eventually tip? If my culture's expectations become flawed, when do the individualists become the "norm" of the past? The people who have the knowledge of their shortcomings, or the people who choose to be ignorant of themselves?

I think self-awareness is a gift and a curse. Is it healthy to know what category we fall into? I suppose it allows us to heal from our shame, but then what? Retrain our ways of thinking? Of course! However, I see the ignorance and the semi-imagined bliss associated to it. Are we taking the harder road when we start to examine ourselves? I think so.

I can relate better to anxiety and depression. They seem to be the root of all other mental issues. Any thoughts?
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I think about it in that if it's a challenge in your life that you have a lot of difficulty overcoming without professional help, it may be seen as a disorder. I don't think about it so much as a means to categorize every single person but to give people a name for something that they are going through.

Everybody probably exists in a spectrum of each category, but it must be up to the individual to decide that it's something about their self that they want to change. Unless the individual is dangerous or harmful I guess. Cultural expectations? Blah. Screw that.
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Thanks for your reply. I think I understand what you mean. I think I get caught up in the thought, "if everyone has a personality disorder, do they really exist?" But you make an interesting point.

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Cultural expectations? Blah. Screw that.
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That definition is rubbish. His or her culture's expectations is a poor way to judge such things when his or her cultural expectations can often be wrong. Homosexuality was considered a mental illness because it went against cultural expectations. Drapetomania was a mental illness which caused black slaves to try to escape from their masters. But sanity is (as Orwell said) statistical.

I think that people with personality disorders are at the extreme end of some normal personality trait. This is why it's not unusual for people to find something that relates to themselves in the criterea for personality disorders. Someone who is shy is not necessarily Avoidant, someone who enjoys solitude is not necessarily a Schizoid, someone who is very self-confident is not necessarily a Narcissist. These are normal traits which vary by degree from person to person. There's really nothing especially strange about any personality disorder except that it's more so than what is considered normal. Though putting it like that does underestimate it somewhat. If you have a personality disorder then it doesn't seem like just a matter of degree, more a huge gap between you and other people, and a major problem for most people with personality disorders is the inablilty to form meaningful and stable attachments with other people, for a variety of reasons.
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Its only a disorder if the person wishes it werent so. If schizophrenia was a fun and fullfilling experience people wouldnt go out of their way to get treatment. "disorder" is just something that is not wanted
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