Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

2020 Edition
| Editors: Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Todd K. Shackelford

Psychotherapy for Personality Disorders

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24612-3_925



Psychotherapy for personality disorders – a group of disorders characterized by long-standing patterns of intra- and interpersonal difficulties – tends to be highly structured, integrative, and often long-term, with special attention made to the relationship between therapist and patient.


Personality disorders (PDs) are a heterogeneous group of mental disorders that arise when an individual’s personality is considered impaired and maladaptive. Most definitions of personality disorders stress the chronic, long-standing nature of characteristics and patterns of responding to distress that often are limited in variability and rigidly applied regardless of appropriateness to context (Levy and Johnson 2016). In the latest editions of both the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and the International Classification of Diseases(ICD-10), PDs are described as a pattern of inner...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Bradley A. Green
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Southern MississippiHattiesburgUSA