Personality disorders Articles

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...

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...

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...

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...