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Personality disorders are quite a common occurrence in our society, and dealing with them is not an easy task.

Another commonly encountered personality disorder is dependent personality disorder. People who are dependent are in constant need for reassurance for important decisions, but also trivial ones. Dependent people have a very low self-esteem, which is the main reason why they are very insecure about making their own personal decisions.

In avoidant personality disorder, there is a deeply rooted and paralyzing anxiety regarding public spaces, public speaking and social interactions. This is due to the intense fear of rejection that people with this personality disorder display.

Narcissistic personality disorder is a disorder in which the individual exhibits overt feelings of self-confidence and self-importance.  Such people believe that they are invincible, always right, and capable of all things. But in reality, this overtly boosted self-esteem is just a reflection of their underlying inferiority complex and feelings of inadequacy.

Antisocial personality disorder belongs to the cluster B of personality disorders, alongside with histrionic, narcissistic and borderline personality disorders.

People suffering from this disorder have a disregard for feelings of others, as well as of social rules.

They lack guilt and are irritable and constantly aggressive. It is said that antisocial personality disorder is a progression of conduct disorder (after the age of 18). In other words, it almost always starts with conduct disorder being diagnosed during teenage years; and if it is not corrected, itcontinues as antisocial personality disorder.

People with Schizotypal personality disorder display a high level of openness to experience, characterized by their odd and magical thinking. Their anomalies, speeches, expressions and behavior are similar to those suffering from schizophrenia, hence the name “Schizotypal”. Research and experience have also shown that compared to other people, people with schizotypal personalities are at a higher risk of developing schizophrenia in the future, which is the reason why it is also called “latent schizophrenia”.

Taking it one step at a time

Some people tend to say that trying to reason with an unreasonable person is truly an unreasonable venture. However, people with personality disorders do not often recognize that there is a problem that needs to be addressed. At the same time, dealing with them might become frustrating for you, especially due to their lack of insight but also because of their often deliberate attempts to manipulate and use you. With that said, living with someone with a personality disorder requires that you establish the perfect balance.

When talking to people with personality disorder, keep your conversations focused on them, logical and supported with facts.

For those of them who tend to care (such as those suffering from the emotional type of personality disorders like borderline or histrionic personality disorders), you could use a more personal and “heartfelt” approach to connect with their emotions. Another important thing to do is to avoid contradicting them, as this might only aggravate them (and also you when they retaliate). Most importantly, we need to give up the dream or the fantasy that they will ever become what we want them to be. We need to accept them as who they are, identify the triggers for their behaviors and always stay a step ahead of time to achieve a better control of our emotions and a peaceful living.