Most folks from families that function normally or “as if” they’re normal lack experience with personality disorders. As a result they don’t know anything about them, nor do they consider what are acceptable and tolerable levels of conflict, drama, or eccentricity among a family members, friends, co-workers, or neighbors. People may stay involved in impossible relationships far longer than they ought, at a risk to their own happiness and health.
Recently I wrote about the difference between personality type and personality disorders. Originally called “character disorders,” a personality disorder is “an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual’s culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and […]