Ch 22: Personality Disorders in Abnormal Psychology

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Watch online video lessons and learn about different types of personality disorders and their symptoms. These engaging lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Personality Disorders in Abnormal Psychology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

We've all met people we might consider narcissistic or antisocial, but when do these characteristics actually become a personality disorder? In this chapter, our instructors will explain how personalities are clinically defined and how psychologists classify and diagnose such personality disorders as borderline, schizoid, and histrionic. At the end of the section, students will be able to:

  • Discuss what a personality is from a psychological perspective
  • Define different types of personality disorders, including identity and interpersonal, erratic, paranoid and schizotypal, avoidant, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive
  • Explain the specific disorders that fall under these categories and describe their symptoms
  • Talk about methods and challenges in diagnosing personality disorders

Video Objective
Intro to Personality Gain a basic understanding of how psychologists define personality.
Clinical Features of Personality Disorders: Identity & Interpersonal Difficulties Learn about the two most common characteristics of personality disorders: chronic interpersonal difficulties and problems with one's identity of sense of self.
Cluster A Personality Disorders: Paranoid, Schizoid and Schizotypal Explore cluster A personality disorders, including paranoid, schizoid, and schizotypal.
Cluster B Personality Disorders: Erratic Types Learn about cluster B personality disorders, including antisocial, borderline, narcissistic, and histrionic.
Cluster C Personality Disorders: Avoidant, Dependent, Obsessive-Compulsive Discuss cluster C personality disorders, including avoidant, dependent, obsessive-compulsive.
Challenges in Diagnosing Personality Disorders Discover some of the issues associated with diagnosing personality disorders, such as gender or class bias in classification.

5 Lessons in Chapter 22: Personality Disorders in Abnormal Psychology
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Clinical Features of Personality Disorders: Identity & Interpersonal Difficulties

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

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