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Charles Manson's Personality Disorder

Identify Charles Manson and his Paranoid personality disorder.

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Personality Disorders are mental illnesses that share several unique qualities. They contain symptoms that are enduring and play a major role in most, if not all, aspects of the person's life. While many disorders vacillate in terms of symptom presence and intensity, personality disorders typically remain relatively constant. ("Personality disorders," 2004)

A personality is those features of a person described in terms of traits that vary across individuals, such as dependency, suspiciousness, orderliness, anxiety, and impulsivity. The personality is not just a collection of traits; instead, most psychological as well as medical approaches emphasize the integrated and organized nature of personality. This organized nature of personality provides a view of the individual organism as an organized and complexly structured whole person. A central task for personality research is to explain this coherence and organization of personality and describe the means by which people forge a coherent sense of self that gives direction and meaning to their lives from the diversity of their experiences. (Livesley, 2003, p. 18)

Understanding the key terms brings us to what paranoia is and in the case of Manson what characteristics he held. He is evasive, he is suspicious, he places blame on others, he has an excessive skewed concept of morality evidenced by the killings in 1969 in which he would ...

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A personality is those features of a person described in terms of traits that vary across individuals, such as dependency, suspiciousness, orderliness, anxiety, and impulsivity. The personality is not just a collection of traits; instead, most psychological as well as medical approaches emphasize the integrated and organized nature of personality. This organized nature of personality provides a view of the individual organism as an organized and complexly structured whole person. A central task for personality research is to explain this coherence and organization of personality and describe the means by which people forge a coherent sense of self that gives direction and meaning to their lives from the diversity of their experiences. (Livesley, 2003, p. 18)

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