Personality Disorders: Borderline, Histrionic, Narcissistic, Schizoid & Antisocial

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  • 0:04 Personality Disorders
  • 0:57 Borderline Disorder
  • 1:38 Histrionic Disorder
  • 2:13 Narcissistic Disorder
  • 2:48 Schizoid Disorder
  • 3:32 Antisocial Disorder
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Instructor: Paul Bautista
Will the Personality Disorder Crime Force make it out of the office today? In this lesson, you'll learn about each superhero's personality disorder as a late delivery of donuts sets off some of their common behaviors.

Personality Disorder Crime Force

It's another typical, stress-filled day at the headquarters of the Personality Disorder Crime Force (PDCF). This dysfunctional crime-fighting unit is made up of superheroes who all suffer from one of the major personality disorders. These are problems with patterns of behavior and interpretations of experience that are stable, but different than how most people think and act. Imagine a car with wheels that are ovals instead of circles; the car can still roll along, but not nearly as smoothly or efficiently.

Only on a rare day do the PDCF actually get out and fight crime; they are usually derailed early in the day by something going wrong in the office and spend the rest of the day arguing about how to fix it. This morning, it's the donuts. It's 10AM, and the donuts haven't arrived. Members of the PDCF sit around nervously sipping coffee and listening to the police scanner, unsure of what to do.

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Bob is the first to say something. 'Well, that's the last time I ever order from Dirk's Donuts,' he growls. 'The food isn't even very good!' The rest of the PDCF sit silently, remembering that only last month, Bob was praising Dirk's for having the best donuts in the city. Since Bob has borderline personality disorder, he often engages in this type of black-and-white thinking, or splitting. Everything is either all-good or all-bad, and Borderline Bob swings wildly between the two. As a result, many of his relationships with people tend to be unstable. He's actually been known to go out and get a beer or two with Dirk, but is now ranting and calling him a 'donut-shilling dirtbag!'

Histrionic Personality Disorder

Not to miss an opportunity, Histrionic Harry pipes up, saying, 'Well, if we're looking for a new donut shop, I know of one that's actually closer and better than Dirk's. I went there once, and it was really funny, there was this girl there and she was checking me out...' He continues, but the rest of the PDCF has tuned him out. Harry suffers from histrionic personality disorder, which leads him to exhibit attention-seeking behavior. Even though he's very social, his colleagues suspect that he doesn't form really deep emotional attachments because he's more concerned with being entertaining and getting attention for himself than he is with finding real friends.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Histrionic Harry is still talking: 'and then, there was this homeless guy outside - 'when Narcissistic Nora interrupts him: 'I could make a better donut than any of those bozos.' Nora's claimed things like this before - 'I can leap tall buildings better than any of these nitwits,' 'I can waterski better than any of these yahoos' - to often disastrous results, so no one in the PDCF is eager to try her baking. But Nora's narcissistic personality disorder leads her to have an inflated sense of her self-worth and little regard for the feelings of others.

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