When you hear the term “personality disorder,” what does that mean? That someone ‘s personality is off-putting or self-destructive? Is it different from mental illness, and if so, how is it different? And if you identify with one of them or are trying to love someone with these problems, is there hope? In this episode of SelfWork, we’re going to talk briefly about the ten personality disorders currently “diagnosable.” And we’ll identify the therapeutic techniques that are showing some promise in treatment – for the people who can see how chaotic and harmful their behavior can be to others as well as their own true happiness and fulfillment.

The listener email today is from someone who’s been in an emotionally abusive relationship, her husband suffering from severe anxiety and anger issues, and she knows she’s caught in a cycle. She’s in therapy but having a hard time talking about herself. If that sounds familiar, hopefully may answer will be helpful

Important links:

Recent research on the problems that those drawn to certain people with personality disorders can experience

DBT Skills Workbook (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

Excellent compilation of books on personality disorders and their treatment

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