Category: Psychology

Six Myths About Dissociative Identity Disorder (Part 2)

Six Myths About Dissociative Identity Disorder (Part 2)

MYTH 4: DID IS AN IATROGENIC DISORDER RATHER THAN A TRAUMA-BASED DISORDER One of the most frequently repeated myths is that DID is iatrogenically created. Proponents of this view argue that various influences—including suggestibility, a tendency to fantasise, therapists who use leading questions and procedures, and media portrayals of DID—lead some vulnerable

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Working With People Who Aren't Self-Aware

Working With People Who Aren’t Self-Aware

Even though self-awareness— knowing who we are and how we’re seen — is important for job performance,  career success, and leadership effectiveness, it’s in remarkably short supply in today’s workplace. In our nearly five-year research programme on the subject, we’ve discovered that although 95% of people think they’re self-aware, only 10 to

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Kleptomania

Kleptomania

Kleptomania is the recurrent inability to resist urges to steal items that you generally don’t really need and that usually have little value. Kleptomania is a rare but serious mental health disorder that can cause much emotional pain to you and your loved ones if not treated. Kleptomania is a

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Voyeuristic Disorder

Voyeuristic Disorder

Voyeurism is the achievement of sexual arousal by observing people who are naked, disrobing or engaging in sexual activity. When observation is of unsuspecting people, this sexual behaviour often leads to problems with the law and relationships. The voyeuristic disorder involves acting on voyeuristic urges or fantasies with a nonconsenting person or experiencing

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Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

An obsessive-compulsive personality disorder is characterised by a pervasive preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, and control (with no room for flexibility) that ultimately slows or interferes with completing a task. Diagnosis is by clinical criteria. Treatment is with psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and SSRIs. Because patients with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder need

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Avoidant Personality Disorder

Avoidant Personality Disorder

An avoidant personality disorder is characterised by feelings of extreme social inhibition, inadequacy, and sensitivity to negative criticism and rejection. The symptoms involve more than simply being shy or socially awkward. Avoidant personality disorder causes significant problems that affect the ability to interact with others and maintain relationships in day-to-day life. About 1%

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Histrionic Personality Disorder

Histrionic Personality Disorder

A histrionic personality disorder is characterised by a pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention seeking. Diagnosis is by clinical criteria. Treatment is with psychodynamic psychotherapy. Patients with histrionic personality disorder use their physical appearance, acting in inappropriately seductive or provocative ways, to gain the attention of others. They lack

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Schizoid Personality Disorder

Schizoid Personality Disorder

A Schizoid personality disorder is one of a group of conditions called “Cluster ‘A’ ” or eccentric personality disorders. People with these disorders often appear odd or peculiar. People with schizoid personality disorder also tend to be distant, detached, and indifferent to social relationships. They generally are loners who prefer solitary activities

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