Mood, Personality, and Personality Disorder

Nanmathi Manian and Malani Trine

in Anxiety, Depression, and Emotion

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780195133585
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847310 | DOI:

Series: Series in Affective Science

Mood, Personality, and Personality Disorder

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This chapter provides a commentary on the discussion on mood and personality in the previous chapter. This chapter briefly revisits the development of the multiaxial system for the diagnosis of psychopathology by the American Psychiatric Association which delineates the field into two domains—personality dysfunctions and the clinical syndromes. A brief overview of the ideas presented by the previous chapter is provided before tackling the issues raised in light of current research and developments in the field. These issues identified are related to the areas of affect and temperament, on the relationships between affectivity and personality, the tripartite model proposed by Clark and Watson, the categorical versus dimensional approaches to the classification of maladaptive personality features, and self-reported traits of personality disorder. This chapter concludes with ideas on the additional issues of classification and comorbidity which also have implications for affectivity and Axis II disorders.

Keywords: mood; personality; psychopathology; personality dysfunction; clinical syndromes; tripartite model; multiaxial system

Chapter.  11107 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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