Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the role of the clinical domain in the study of personality
  • Describe the methods for diagnosing, classifying, and describing personality disorders
  • Describe the personality disorders in the following behavior clusters: odd and eccentric; dramatic, emotional, or erratic; anxious and fearful
  • Discuss how philosophy, science, and psychology explain personality disorders
  • Explain the concepts of differential diagnosis and comorbidity
  • Identify ways to apply knowledge about personality psychology in the clinical domain