What if I don't have a personality

Personality disorder

Psychiatrists understand a personality disorder when someone does not behave normally over a long period of time, has often done so since adolescence and would like to behave differently but cannot. It must be ruled out that a person's unusual behavior has other causes. For example: As a result of another mental illness or because he or she has used drugs or had an accident in which the brain was damaged.

The personality is by definition that Sum of a person's psychological characteristics and behavior. Personality traits are those traits that characterize someone over a longer period of time. They distinguish him or her from other people. These can be traits that describe how someone feels or experiences situations, or how someone thinks or behaves towards others.

The personality develops on the one hand Influences from the genes inherited from the parents. On the other hand, it is also Life experiencesthat shape them. Depending on the personality trait, genetics or the environment play a greater or lesser influence. As a rule, the personality - depending on the quality - remains quite stable in the course of life, but changes are quite possible.

A personality disorder is by definition from the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM-5) "Enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior", the:

  • noticeably deviates from the expectations of the socio-cultural environment
  • is profound and inflexible
  • begins in adolescence or early adulthood
  • is stable over time
  • and leads to suffering or impairment.