Disordered characters engage in certain behaviors that are so “automatic” that it’s tempting to think that they do them unconsciously. Besides that, on the surface, these behaviors so closely resemble defense mechanisms at times that they can easily be misinterpreted as such.
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Disordered characters don’t like to think that behavior has consequences and they certainly don’t like to examine their own motives.
It could easily be said that the principal quality that defines a character disorder is that the disturbed character neither cares enough nor thinks enough about how his patterns of behavior reflects on his character.
Disturbed characters don’t allow adversity to lead them to question the ways they tend to look at things or the ways they tend to conduct themselves and cling to a core belief that they shouldn’t have to do anything they don’t want to do.
Disturbed characters carry opportunism to the extreme by exploiting others and situations to the detriment of all involved except themselves.
Disordered characters tend to think that everybody else is as dishonest as they frequently are. So, they often tell themselves that they should do their best to outwit others before others have a chance to outwit them.