Someone in Your Life Probably Has a Personality Disorder

It might be your spouse, your parent, your co-worker…even your child. Chances are, someone with a significant role in your life has a personality disorder. Dr Carver’s new guide to personality disorders in relationships puts the reality in plain English; more than just a list of diagnostic criteria, this explanation describes what it’s really like and offers tips for victims.

One of the most frequent discussion topics in the Ask the Psychologist section, personality disorders can wreak havoc on relationships of all kinds, creating fallout for years. Considering the high incidence of personality disorders across the population, identifying core features of personality disorders — and learning to protect yourself from typical damaging behaviours — is a valuable skill for pretty much anyone.

Our consulting clinical psychologist Dr Carver has put together a new guide to understanding personality disorders in relationships called “Personality Disorders: The Controllers, Abusers, Manipulators, and Users in Relationships“. Whether you’re already enmeshed with someone with a personality disorder, or whether you’ve somehow managed to avoid that all these years, I think the new guide is worth a read. Have a look and let us know what you think. If it all rings just a little too true, and you have a further question about how to deal with personality disorders in relationships, stop by the Ask the Psychologist section and leave a question for Dr Carver.

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