Personality Disorders

  • Paul H. Soloff


Personality is the sum total of an individual’s enduring patterns of perception, cognition, and action in the interpersonal world. It is a habitual and predictable style of thinking, feeling, and acting, arising from the integration of constitutional endowment, early life experience, developmental achievement, and interpersonal, social, and cultural influences. By convention, the term personality has come to represent the whole person, the totality of the person’s habitual psychological functioning. The term character has been reserved for those personal qualities that reflect the person’s attitudes and adherence to moral and social values and the term temperament for the person’s biological potential (Millon, 1981). We know our personality only in interaction with others and our limitations only when circumstances prove our patterned responses inadequate.


Personality Disorder Borderline Personality Disorder Rejection Sensitivity Borderline Patient Schizotypal Personality Disorder 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul H. Soloff
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  1. 1.Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA

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