Nearly 1 in 10 people possess some form of personality disorder. Which means there’s a very good chance that you will encounter someone with this disorder at some point in your life, if you haven’t already. They might be your boss, your lover, your parent, your spiritual teacher, or even your presidential candidate. And while many suffer their condition quietly and without any major harm to themselves or the people around them, others can be tremendously dangerous — especially if they have achieved a position of power (and the more severe the disorder, the greater the tendency to seek these powerful positions.)
I had an opportunity to sit down with Dr. Mark Forman to explore the following questions:
- What causes personality disorders?
- How can trauma lead to these disorders?
- How do we tell the difference between narcissistic personality disorder and more dangerous antisocial disorders?
- How can I tell if I have a personality disorder? What can I do about it?
- What do I do if my partner or family member has a personality disorder?
- What do I do if the leader of my spiritual community has a personality disorder?
- What are the warning signs I should look for before engaging with a charismatic leader who may be displaying traits of a personality disorder?