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Character Disturbance, Neurosis, and Therapy

What most people really mean when they (therapists and lay persons alike) say that there’s no real hope for personality and character-impaired individuals is that they’ve tried traditional approaches only to have experienced the truly frustrating results.

Understanding Character in the Age of Political Correctness

All too many times political, practical, and other biases prevent us from recognizing character pathology for what it really is and dealing with it appropriately. Fortunately, the political climate is beginning to change, however, and character disturbance is slowly being recognized for the problem it has become.

Understanding Manipulation Tactics Part Two

When it comes to understanding and dealing effectively with disturbed characters, it’s hard for helping professionals who still embrace traditional models of viewing human behavior to get things right. And those who’ve been in relationships with disturbed characters and sought help through counseling often ended up feeling frustrated, misunderstood, and not validated. Even worse, sometimes, the “monster” they dragged into therapy is so good at impression-management that the therapist appeared swayed. Seeing the disturbed character’s behaviors and tactics for what they really are is a prerequisite for facilitating real change.

Anxiety, Neurosis, and Character Disturbance

A little anxiety or apprehension would go a long way toward inhibiting disturbed characters from doing that hurtful thing to their co-worker or saying that hateful thing to their partner. But alas, these folks are very different from neurotics in many ways, especially on the dimension of anxiety.

What Were They Thinking? – Character Disorders and CBT

In contrast to traditional psychotherapy, CBT does not focus as much on feelings, emotional conflicts or past traumatic events. Rather the focus is on the here-and-now as well as on how an individual’s thought processes influences their behavior patterns.

The Unbridled Aggressive Personality

Despite frequent social sanctions, aggressive personalities often persist in their aggressive defiance of society’s rules and limits.