Personality Disorders

  • David Fontana


When discussing Freud’s contribution to psychology (see Chapter 3), the point was made that he gave us the notion that normal and neurotic behaviour are simply different points on the same psychological continuum. We all have personality problems of one sort or another, and decisions on when these problems become bad enough to be classified by psychologists and other mental health professionals as disorders are to some extent cultural ones. Such decisions differ from society to society, from generation to generation, and from individual to individual. Much of what we can say about personality disorders has therefore already been said in earlier chapters, and it simply remains to build upon this information and to clarify matters of definition and of possible treatment.


Personality Disorder Personality Problem Attention Deficit Disorder Dysthymic Disorder Psychological Continuum 
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© David Fontana 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Fontana
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Cardiff UniversityUK
  2. 2.Liverpool John Moores UniversityUK

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