I have been meaning to post this a long time ago due to the experiences I encounter day by day with people who seem to be difficult to get along with. Or maybe I experience these difficulties as a result of my own personality?
Anyway, there are two definitions from the Encarta dictionary and from the Encarta reference article that for me, are the exact meaning of a personality disorder.
*psychiatric disorder: a psychiatric disorder in attitude or behavior that makes it difficult for somebody to get along with other people or to succeed at work or in social situations but that does not involve loss of touch with reality
Microsoft® Encarta® Reference Library 2004. © 1993-2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
*disorders in which one’s personality results in personal distress or significantly impairs social or work functioning.
© 1993-2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
I would be dramatizing the different personality disorders to let every person who stumbles upon this article grab what they mean. The following are sample scenarios for each type of personality disorder:
(Husband to wife while she asks for money…)
Husband: (curses and shouts) Bullshit! What will you need the money for?!? I had given you money just the other day! You nincompoop! Trim your expenses!
(Boyfriend breaking up with girlfriend…)
Girlfriend: (frantically) No! Please, don’t do this to me! I can’t live without you! If you go, I’ll commit suicide!
(Mother wants to introduce her daughter to the visitors…)
Daughter: I don’t wanna be introduced. I don’t know them, Mother. They’ll probably think I look hideous!
(A 15-year old seeks Mommy’s help…)
15-year old boy: Mommy, I can’t do this. I can’t tie my shoelace.
(A campus candidate, in a crowd, talking to her friends, in a LOUD voice, MAKING NOISE to be recognized.)
Candidate: Look, people, she is nothing compared to me. She is a loser! I am more eloquent than she is!
(Man in a bar, showing off…)
Man: Nobody can resist my charm, man. Wait here. (whistles at a GRO) Hey, sweetie, want to spend the night with a good-looking fella?
(A woman to her maid…)
Woman: How come you do not learn? When you put this towel on the rack, be sure that the edges are parallel to each other. Also, if the curtain is blue, the towel should be blue, too.
(A sicko threatens…)
Brother (to his sister): (Angrily) Go ahead, tell her everything. Tell her stories about me again. You’ll gain something out of it again, anyway! Squealer! I tell you, pick a fight with those you can handle…
Girl 1: Hey, here she is!
Girl 2: Bet my ass she wouldn’t spend a sec to even glance.
(Girl 3 passes by, ignoring the two.)
Girl 1: Hi, nice vest you have there.
(Girl 3 stared, with brows arched, and continued walking toward the classroom.)
(A boy suddenly speaks in foreign language, assuming dominance…)
Boy 1: Figlio maschile! Ne’ ragazzo maschile?
Boy 2: Wha – t?? Speak in English, man!
(Boy 1 walks away, smiling.)
(An overly depressed man relates…)
Man: Everything is useless. What is the point of going to work everyday? We all die after all.
(A brother ignoring authority…)
Brother: Ate deserves it. She likes to nag. I am not doing anything. Let her do the work. I don’t care if she dies. And please stop bickering with me. You want to be next?
Now, here’s a challenge to you. Create a definition. Without the dictionary and other references.
This post is akin to Teacher Sol’s Emotional Vampires.