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People who suffer from personality disorders often display deviant behavior The mental illness itself is not deviant They typically have problems with social skills mood swings emotional states and are often unable to maintain healthy stable relationships Many sufferers do not possess the capability to have genuine emotions including empathy for others A personality disorder is the basis of many circumstances of maladaptive behavior including substance abuse self-harm suicide and criminality There are ten different personality disorders each having specific symptoms but all of them share certain characteristics The first of these characteristics is that an individual who has a personality disorder noticeably deviates from the individuals cultures expectation of that person The second characteristic is that the sufferer is unable to function normally in social occupational and other important areas due to the disorder The last common characteristic is that the origins of the disorder can be traced to adolescence or early adulthood and is never the result of another mental illness or medical condition A person having one or more of the ten disorders is often times a participant in deviant behavior of some sort The first of the personality disorders is paranoid personality disorder A paranoid personality has a basic distrust of others including the belief that others are trying to exploit harm or deceive him or her This suspicion is always without basis Because of this distrust one is unable to confide in and trust others and has often has suspicions of a spouse The paranoid personality disorder is unable to forgive others of attacks which are not apparent to others The deviant actions which stem from a person with a paranoid personality disorder can include one who files lawsuit after lawsuit in an attempt to keep people from taking advantage of him or her They may react to supposed character attracts with learned anger and counterattacks They often project blame for their own failures onto other people and become
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