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Does Personality Disorder = Character Disorder?

Posted by CarolAnn on November 13, 1999, at 21:09:58

In reply to Re: The usefulness of talk therapy, posted by Adam on November 13, 1999, at 2:02:46

I'm curious because I read once(I think in "The Road Less Traveled"by Peck) that the difference between being neurotic(Depression, OCD,ect.) and having a Character Disorder is that a Neurotic feels that their is something inherently *wrong* with the person they are, in effect blaming themselves for all their problems(ie: if mom uses verbal abuse, it must be that I am such a bad person that I deserve it). On the other hand, someone with a Character disorder, feels that there is something *wrong* with everyone else, blaming all their problems on others(ie:it's not *my* fault I can't hold down a job, it was all those stupid bosses trying to beat me down). The character disorder is so busy blaming outside sources, that they never even consider or often don't "remember" any abuse in their past. For this reason(according to the book)the Neurotic is very much easier to treat, knowing and being willing to find out, "why" they are Neurotic. Character Disorders can be almost impossible to treat, after all, how do you solve problems that someone either refuses to believe exist or problems that someone is utterly incapable of realizing the existence of? Anyway, this might be out-of-date psychology, I read the book years ago.CarolAnn




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