Personality disorders Articles

What is Engulfment? When Relationships Become Your Everything

The verb ‘engulf’ refers to something being swallowed up, overwhelmed, or submerged. But when we are using the word in a psychological sense, what is engulfment? Engulfment can refer to a tendency to over-immerse yourself in relationships. You depend on the other to meet all your needs, even demanding that they do so. So, to...

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...

What is Schema Therapy, and Can It Help You Break Your Patterns?

A relatively new kind of psychotherapy, schema therapy was originally designed to help those who had personality disorders or found that other forms of psychotherapy just weren’t working for them. But its focus on understanding what drives our ways of being has also been found to help with depression, relationship problems, and general self-awareness. What...

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...

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 abuse or some...

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...