Borderline Personality Disorder Relationships – Should You Date Him or Her?

Borderline personality relationships – avoid, or maybe? There is a lot of misinformation about borderline personality disorder on the internet that seeks to demonise those with BPD. The fact is that people with BPD are, well, people. Unique individuals who can’t all be painted with one brush despite sharing some symptoms.  Does that mean you should … [Read Entire Story]

What is the Dark Triad?

Psychologists use the term ‘the dark triad’ to describe three hostile personality traits. People who have these traits use other people for their own gain. A word about personality traits and disorders Psychological disorders and traits are not illnesses you can see under a microscope. They are terms created by mental health professionals to describe [&# [Read Entire Story]

Personality Disorder vs Personality Trait – The Difference You Need to Know

The internet has helped us all become more savvy about mental health. But sadly, it has also led to mental health diagnoses being thrown around like casual weapons. Boss doesn’t like you? Narcissist. Girlfriend angry you broke up with her? Borderline. In reality, only a small percentage of the population have personality disorders. We all, … [Read Entire Story]

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment – What Sorts of Therapy Work?

If you are suffering from borderline personality disorder, you are highly emotionally sensitive. This means you  have intense and unstable relationships. And herein lies the problem – therapy is at heart a relationship between you and your therapist. If you are borderline, your ways of relating will affect the ways you interact with a therapist. Some forms of … [Read Entire Story]

“Is My Boss a Sociopath?” How to Know (And Why It Matters)

Your boss is controlling and mean. And you find yourself asking, “is my boss a sociopath?” And what should you do if so? Is your boss a sociopath? “Sociopath” is a misused term. What you probably want to ask  is, “does my boss have narcissistic personality disorder?”. Narcissistic personality disorder (NDP) can include such traits … [Read Entire Story]

What is Emotional Dsyregulation?

Confused by a diagnosis of emotional dsyregulation? It’s a complicated term for a personality trait that means you are more emotional than most. What is emotional dysregulation? Think of a singer who can sing many more octaves than the people around her. She can’t stop herself from breaking into song spontaneously when the ‘muse’ hits, … [Read Entire Story]

What is Paranoia? And are you Suffering From It?

Uncertain modern times can leave us all feeling a little paranoid now and then. But when does paranoia shift from moments of uncertainty to a real psychological concern? What is paranoia? As a general term, paranoia is the belief you are being threatened or secretly persecuted by something or someone, even if you have no … [Read Entire Story]

What is a Sociopath? (And Why So Many Use the Term Incorrectly)

According to social media and the internet, it would seem that nowadays, everyone’s boss and ex is a sociopath. But what is a sociopath, really? Are you using the term correctly? What is a sociopath, really? Sociopathy is not an illness you can find under a microscope. Like all mental health labels, it is a … [Read Entire Story]

Is He or She REALLY a Narcissist?

“He is such a narcissist”.  It’s a common insult these days. But what is a narcissist, really? What is a narcissist? The term has become rather muddied. Originally, it came from the Greek myth of Narcissus, a beautiful young Greek man who rejected the love of a nymph in favour of his own reflection in … [Read Entire Story]

What is Grandiosity?

“Grand” in French means ‘big’, a hint to what grandiosity is all about. It involves thinking you are the ‘big fish’ and everyone else is just a tadpole. If you suffer from grandiosity, the following will sound familiar: You feel better than others, regardless of facts that prove otherwise You think you are special and … [Read Entire Story]

Compulsive Gambling Habit? You Might Also Have a Personality Disorder

An occasional visit to a casino or betting house, or a casual game of online poker, can be harmless fun for some. For others, it can turn into a life-destroying habit. And research shows that if you have a personality disorder, you are far more likely to fall into the latter category, with compulsive gambling and … [Read Entire Story]

A Personality Disorder Diagnosis – Helpful, or a Trap?

First, what are personality disorders? Personality disorders are labels created by mental health professionals to describe groups of people with ways of thinking, behaving, and seeing the world that do not fit the societal norm. A person seen as having a personality disorder has longstanding challenges with relating to other people and can find it [Read Entire Story]

What is Dissociative Disorder?

Dissociative disorders are a collection of mental health issues which involve an altered sense of reality where you feel disconnected from yourself and the world in general.  It’s thought that this tendency to disassociate starts as a defence mechanism when there is a need to cope with an overwhelming event, such as [Read Entire Story]

What is Histrionic Personality Disorder?

A personality disorder is a consistent and long-term pattern of thinking, behaving, and relating that leaves someone unable to match or manage the norms of the culture they are in. Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) sees an individual living with an overwhelming need to constantly be the centre of attention, often using seductive and manipulative behaviour to achieve this. With their sense … [Read Entire Story]

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

What is autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? Also called ‘autism spectrum condition’, it is a group of lifelong conditions that result from atypical brain development. Included are Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, and pathological demand avoidance syndrome. An individual with ASD thinks and behaves in ways that can be perceived by others as unusual, especially when … [Read Entire Story]

What is Paranoid Personality Disorder?

A personality disorder is when your ingrained ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving are consistently different to others in ways that make relationships and functioning in society difficult. Paranoid personality disorder (PPD) involves a long-term pattern of being constantly suspicious and distrustful of others. It means you live life from the distorted perspective that everyone is malevolent … [Read Entire Story]

My Mother the Compulsive Hoarder – a Case Study

Hoarding affects approximately 2-5% of the population and has previously been considered a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). But recent research has found that hoarding is an independent disorder. Worried you or a loved one might be a hoarder? Read the facts and symptoms in our piece on Hoarding Disorder. So what is it like … [Read Entire Story]

What is Machiavellianism in Psychology?

What is Machiavellianism? Machiavellianism in psychology refers to a personality trait which sees a person so focused on their own interests they will manipulate, deceive, and exploit others to achieve their goals. Machiavellianism is one of the traits in what is called the ‘Dark Triad’, the other two being narcissism and psychopathy. The term itself derives from a … [Read Entire Story]

Hoarding Disorder -The Truth That Lies Beneath the Mess

Hoarding can be something it’s tempting to write off as eccentricity, a bad habit, or the result of laziness. But it is a real and overwhelming psychological condition where someone cannot discard or part with their items without feeling extremely distressed. And it’s always a vast array of items they feel they must ‘save’, often … [Read Entire Story]

What is Avoidant Personality Disorder?

Have you ever met someone you enjoyed great conversations with and thought you’d connected with, only to have them vanish without warning from your life? Someone who seemed very present and available – and then suddenly they are gone, or acting like nothing serious happened between you. There, then not there. You might have assumed … [Read Entire Story]

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder?

Most of us have one or two things in life we like a certain way. Perhaps we can’t bear mess at home, hate things not going to schedule, or tend to be a bit controlling in relationships. For a person with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) the need to control life – for things to be [&# [Read Entire Story]

What is Munchausen Syndrome?

What is Munchausen Syndrome? What are the symptoms of Munchausen syndrome? And what is the treatment of Munchausens? Can if be cured? This article offers answers. [Read Entire Story]

Bipolar Disorder – What You Need to Know

What Is Bipolar Disorder?  Bipolar disorder involves a disruption in the processes of the brain that manage moods. Sufferers experience mental highs and lows during the course of their life in a way which is distressing and difficult to live with. People are usually diagnosed after they have experienced at least one episode of severe … [Read Entire Story]

What is Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Personality disorders are mental health conditions that manifest in the way someone thinks, feels and acts about others, and in how they perceive reality. The topic of personality disorders is something of a controversy in recent years. The DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a guide created and used in the United States [Read Entire Story]