- Subject index
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Chapter 10: Personality Disorders
What is Personality?
Personality disorder is one of the most controversial categories in psychopathology. The concept first appeared in the psychiatric literature in the nineteenth century where it was used to denote alterations in consciousness and included states such as hysterical dissociation (Berrios, 1993). What was then referred to variously as ‘character’, ‘temperament’ or ‘constitution’ is essentially what we now view as ‘personality’. The very notion of personality itself is, however, problematic. As Allport (1937: 27) incisively put it, ‘Personality is one of the most abstract words in our language and like an abstract word suffering from excessive use its connotative significance is very broad, its denotative significance negligible. Scarcely any word is more versatile’.
Even though the word, as Allport suggests, has become ...