A 40-year-old patient has a long history of job hopping and conflicts with work superiors. She tells you that "it is hard to please people" and that "things would be better if people were not critical of me." Based on what she tells you, why is she representative of patients with a personality disorder?


•People with personality disorders believe that their problems stem from others or the world around them and do not recognize their own behaviors as the source of difficulty.

•A patient with a personality disorder is diagnosed when personality traits become inflexible and maladaptive and significantly interfere with how a person functions in society.

•People with personality disorders generally have poor judgment, unstable relationships, and rationalize their own behavior.

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