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Ch 23: Personality Disorders in Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Personality Disorders chapter of this Abnormal Psychology Help and Review course is the simplest way to study personality disorders. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of personality disorders in abnormal psychology.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering abnormal psychology material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn about abnormal psychology. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the characteristics of cluster A, B and C personality disorders or the challenges associated with their diagnoses
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning psychology (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about personality disorders
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra psychology learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Personality Disorders in Abnormal Psychology chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Personality Disorders in Abnormal Psychology chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any personality disorders question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a personality disorders unit of a standard abnormal psychology course. Topics covered include:

  • Clinical features of personality disorders
  • Paranoid, schizoid and schizotypal personality disorders
  • Antisocial, borderline, histrionic and narcissistic personality disorders
  • Avoidant, dependent and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders
  • Challenges in diagnosing personality disorders

16 Lessons in Chapter 23: Personality Disorders in Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Intro to Personality

1. Intro to Personality

You put two people in the same situation and, odds are, they'll react in a range of different ways. Some people might even react in a completely unexpected or extreme way. Why is this? Read this lesson for insight into personality types and what makes people tick the way they do.

Clinical Features of Personality Disorders: Identity & Interpersonal Difficulties

2. Clinical Features of Personality Disorders: Identity & Interpersonal Difficulties

What makes some people unsuccessful at interpersonal relationships? In this lesson, we'll look at the interpersonal and identity issues that face patients with personality disorders.

Cluster A Personality Disorders: Paranoid, Schizoid and Schizotypal

3. Cluster A Personality Disorders: Paranoid, Schizoid and Schizotypal

What happens when people are paranoid, withdrawn, or weird? In this lesson, we'll look at the three cluster A personality disorders, which are characterized by odd or eccentric behavior and thoughts.

Cluster B Personality Disorders: Erratic Types

4. Cluster B Personality Disorders: Erratic Types

Anyone can feel a little emotional, but there's something wrong when a person's emotions are always extreme. In this lesson, we'll look at the four cluster B personality disorders which are characterized by erratic behavior and extreme emotion.

Cluster C Personality Disorders: Avoidant, Dependent, Obsessive-Compulsive

5. Cluster C Personality Disorders: Avoidant, Dependent, Obsessive-Compulsive

Everyone feels shy or insecure from time-to-time, but what happens when you feel overly fearful all the time? In this lesson, we'll explore three Cluster C personality disorders, which involve being scared and too cautious.

Challenges in Diagnosing Personality Disorders

6. Challenges in Diagnosing Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are some of the hardest psychological disorders to diagnose. In this lesson, we'll look at diagnostic challenges regarding personality disorders, including bias and overlap with other psychological disorders.

Deviant Acts in Society: Examples & Concept

7. Deviant Acts in Society: Examples & Concept

Did you know that in some cultures, wearing all black is considered a deviant act? Learn more about deviant acts in society from examples. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.

Histrionic Personality Disorder: Symptoms, Treatment & Case Studies

8. Histrionic Personality Disorder: Symptoms, Treatment & Case Studies

Learn about histrionic personality disorder and what the symptoms are for someone who suffers from this disorder. Learn about treatment options and see why individuals with histrionic personality disorder often don't seek treatment.

Neuroticism and Personality: Definition & Overview

9. Neuroticism and Personality: Definition & Overview

In this lesson you will learn about one of the big five factors of personality, neuroticism. Following the lesson you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge with a short quiz.

What Is Antisocial Personality Disorder? - Symptoms, Treatment & Causes

10. What Is Antisocial Personality Disorder? - Symptoms, Treatment & Causes

We often hear the term 'psychopath' and 'antisocial' thrown around a lot, but what do they really mean? I hear people being called antisocial because they don't want to go out or be around other people. Let's learn how the term 'Antisocial Personality Disorder' is used in psychology.

What Is Borderline Personality Disorder? - Symptoms, Treatment & Therapy

11. What Is Borderline Personality Disorder? - Symptoms, Treatment & Therapy

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is an Axis II Personality Disorder listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Key features of BPD include a pervasive pattern of instability in self image, interpersonal relationships and mood.

Psychopathy: Symptoms, Definition & Treatment

12. Psychopathy: Symptoms, Definition & Treatment

In the field of mental health, psychopathy presents a particularly challenging and troubling problem. Through this lesson, you will learn how to define psychopathy, explore some of the symptoms, and gain an understanding of how it is being treated.

Antisocial Behavior: Causes & Symptoms

13. Antisocial Behavior: Causes & Symptoms

Antisocial behavior can begin as early as preschool and manifests as angry and defiant behavior. The causes of antisocial behavior can be biological or environmental. Learn about the symptoms, causes, and several antisocial behavioral and personality disorders in this lesson.

Anger Problems & Disorders: Symptoms & Treatment

14. Anger Problems & Disorders: Symptoms & Treatment

In this lesson, you will learn the definition of anger and anger disorders. You will learn about four prominent anger disorders: oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and intermittent explosive disorder.

Borderline vs. Narcissistic Personality Disorder

15. Borderline vs. Narcissistic Personality Disorder

In this lesson, you will learn what borderline and narcissistic personality disorders are, as well as their similarities and differences. Following the lesson will be a brief quiz to test your new knowledge.

Malignant Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Definition & Traits

16. Malignant Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Definition & Traits

In this lesson, we will define malignant narcissistic personality disorder, explore the criteria and traits for a diagnosis, and speculate on its origins. We'll also touch upon the possibility of treatment for individuals with malignant personality disorder.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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