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personality(per?son-al'it-e) [L. personalitas]
The unique organization of traits, characteristics, and modes of behavior of an individual, setting that individual apart from others and at the same time determining how others react to the individual. Synonym: persona (2) See: personality test
alternating personalityDissociative identity disorder.
In Freudian psychology, a personality disorder marked by excessive orderliness, stinginess, and obstinacy. If carried to an extreme, these qualities lead to the development of obsessive-compulsive behavior.Synonym: anal characteristic
borderline personalitySee: borderline personality disorder
callous-unemotional personalityAbbreviation: CU
A group of personality traits including lack of empathy, manipulativeness, and remorselessness. These traits are considered to be indicators of conduct disorder in childhood and adolescence and are uniquely characteristic of antisocial personality disorder in adults.
compulsive personalityObsessive-compulsive personality disorder.
distressed personalityType D personality.
double personalityDissociative identity disorder.
extroverted personalitySee: extrovert
A personality type in which the individual is ineffective and is physically and emotionally unable to cope with the normal stress of living.
introverted personalitySee: introvert (1)
The individual traits or characteristics typical of the society in which a person lives.
A term formerly used for dissociative identity disorder. See: dissociative identity disorder
obsessive-compulsive personalityObsessive-compulsive disorder.
paranoid personalityParanoid personality disorder.
psychopathic personalityAntisocial personality disorder.
type A personalitySee: behavior
type B personalitySee: behavior
type D personality
A personality type in which the individual is inhibited and uncomfortable in social situations, has difficulty making friends, and who tends to experience, but repress, feelings of anger, anxiety, depression, and discontent with others. Some studies have found correlations between this personality type and an increased risk of atherosclerotic vascular disease.Synonym: distressed personality
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