Disturbances of Character
More folks have character disturbances these days. Aspects of modern culture promote such disturbances – even reward them. When these disturbances become serious, we label them character disorders.
By definition, character reflects the moral dimension of personality. Our personalities bespeak the unique way we perceive and deal with our world. But the very way we prefer to relate and cope can become problematic. (See also the series beginning with: Personality and Character Disorders: A Primer.)
Character disturbances stem from inadequate conscience formation during personality development. And character disorders result from an impoverished or even absent conscience. Moreover, individuals possessing certain traits have trouble forming good consciences. Folks with inflated egos have that trouble. (See: Narcissism and Character Development.) So do folks who tend to be too headstrong or aggressive. (See: Understanding the Aggressive Personalities.) The former have trouble recognizing and respecting a higher authority. The latter actively pit themselves against the rules.
Character Disorders and Relationships
For years, we’ve defined personality and character disorders a certain way. We looked for how much distress a person’s way of coping them (or others). Or, we looked for how it affected their ability to function. Most especially, we gauged how much the person’s style of relating deviated from the norm. But today’s character-challenged times bring this definition into question. Ways of relating once seen as outrageous or deviant have become the new norm. And many times, these ways don’t distress a person, but actually work for them. Accordingly, researchers have been re-thinking character disorders. We’ll soon be defining them within the context of relationship impairment. Folks with character disorders tend to be shallow and exploitative in relationships. And that’s where all the trouble comes. I’ll have more to say about relationships and character disorders in the weeks to come.
A Powerful Resource
This blog is a powerful resource for understanding and dealing with character disturbance. A plethora of articles can help you navigate through our character-impaired times. Because newcomers arrive at the site weekly, I thought it best to highlight some of the more informative and helpful articles. several are already listed above. More are listed below:
- Character Disturbance, Neurosis, and Therapy
- Shame, Guilt, Regret, Remorse, and Contrition
- Manipulators Are Covert Aggressors
- Understanding Manipulation Tactics – Part 1
- The Ten Commandments of Character
Then, of course, there are my books:
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