Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Borrowed from Michelle... Am I mental?


-- Personality Disorder Test - Take It! --

Paranoid personality disorder is characterized by a distrust of others and a constant suspicion that people around you have sinister motives. People with this disorder tend to have excessive trust in their own knowledge and abilities and usually avoid close relationships with others. They search for hidden meanings in everything and read hostile intentions into the actions of others. They are quick to challenge the loyalties of friends and loved ones and often appear cold and distant to others. They usually shift blame to others and tend to carry long grudges.

Many believe that schizotypal personality disorder represents mild schizophrenia. The disorder is characterized by odd forms of thinking and perceiving, and individuals with this disorder often seek isolation from others. They sometimes believe to have extra sensory ability or that unrelated events relate to them in some important way. They generally engage in eccentric behavior and have difficulty concentrating for long periods of time. Their speech is often over elaborate and difficult to follow.

Avoidant personality disorder is characterized by extreme social anxiety. People with this disorder often feel inadequate, avoid social situations, and seek out jobs with little contact with others. They are fearful of being rejected and worry about embarassing themselves in front of others. They exaggerate the potential difficulties of new situations to rationalize avoiding them. Often, they will create fantasy worlds to substitute for the real one. Unlike schizoid personality disorder, avoidant people yearn for social relations yet feel they are unable to obtain them. They are frequently depressed and have low self-confidence.

In answer to Michelle's comment... I can see myself in pieces of these, but the questions were so yes/no where I kept thinking...sometimes but not always. Or occassionally. I can see that I have grown a lot because in high school, I was definitely avoidant, but I force myself to try new situations with my "What's the worst that can happen, I die?" theory.


Peeved Michelle said...

You didn't post the descriptions, so I can't tell if I agree with the test or not. Do you agree with it?

Peeved Michelle said...

What's the worst that could happen? I would tend to say utter humiliation before death. At least death saves you the embarrassment.