Personality Disorder Models and Psychopaths

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Essay #: 054941
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Personality Disorder Models and Psychopaths
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Question 1: Contrast a dimensional and categorical model of personality disorder, noting the relative advantages and disadvantages of each
Answer:
A dimensional model of personality disorder might be narcissistic personality disorder as articulated on page 309 of our textbook. However, it is fair to note that it does appear as if dimensional and categorical models of personality disorder can be used to describe the same disorders; this conclusion is reached by looking at pages 308-309 of the textbook. In any case, a dimensional approach or model for personality disorder believes in classifying personality disorders as dimensions of general personality; these dimensions...
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.....esponsive in general interpersonal relationships; have poor sex lives characterized by impersonality; and have a hard time following any sort of life plan. Naturally, not everyone who has anti-social personality disorders is a psychopath; nonetheless, all psychopaths are anti-social. Finally, these people tend to exploit others for their own gratification and prefer to engage in illegal behaviour. It is also worth noting that psychopathy is not a male problem: there are female psychopaths as well and a good example would be Karla Homolka. In any case, when dealing with someone who seems strangely detached, unemotional, uninvolved with others, and someone who cannot express intimacy with others, it is wise to view that person with suspicion.