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A Personality disorder is defined as an enduring pattern of inner experience and behaviour that deviates markedly from the expectations of an individual’s culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time and leads to distress and impairment.
They can be understood in terms of interpersonal styles which are chronic. In relation to others, clients with Personality disorder habitually move or place themselves against (e.g. antisocial) towards (for example dependent), away from (e.g. paranoid and schizoid), below (e.g. obsessive compulsive, above (e.g. narcissistic) others, or show and impulsive mix of all five styles (e.g. borderline). These are the ways a person with personality disorder will relate to the significant others in his life and to the society and world as a whole.