How Do Personality Disorders Influence Interpersonal Functioning? | How IFS Therapy Helps

Individuals suffering from personality disorders are frequently unaware that their actions are abnormal. Some believe it’s just their personality at work, while others believe it’s their zodiac sign’s nature.

Personality disorders cause people to act in unpredictable ways. People with personality disorders typically experience a series of mood swings; one minute, you’re all happy and jovial, and the next minute, you’re moody, suicidal, and aggressive. It is critical that you become conscious of your personality type. This article discusses personality disorders as well as how IFS therapy can help.

What Is Personality Disorder

A personality disorder is a mental illness that causes you to have rigid patterns of thinking, acting, and behaving. And this pattern wreaks havoc on your relationships with others at work, school, and in social settings.

People with personality disorders fall into one of the following categories:

#1. Suspicious Personality Disorder(SPD)

SPD patients have long-held suspicions and distrust of those around them. This group has trust issues with others, which is common among men. SPD is further classified into three types:

  • Paranoid personality disorder: People with this disorder do not trust others, are unable to confide in others, are unable to relax, and interpret everyone’s behavior, including silence and gestures.
  • Schizoid personality disorder: People of this personality type are unable to form long-term relationships, value their privacy, and are cold towards others.
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder: People in this category are paranoid in social situations and do not relate to others who do not share their beliefs. They also have difficulty relating to others and expressing themselves in unusual ways.

#2. Emotional and Impulsive Personality Disorder 

In this case, the patient appears to avoid interacting with others. They have no ability to form relationships, and people perceive them to be emotionless because they display fewer emotions. There are four other types of emotional personality disorders:

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder(APD): When bored, people with APD become aggressive and lose patience. They act without thinking, have no remorse when they hurt others, and harm themselves to get what they want.
  • Borderline personality disorder: this disorder makes you feel worried about people abandoning you and acting on the impulse to harm yourself. You feel lonely most times, can’t trust people or start a relationship and get easily angry.
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder: This disorder causes you to constantly want to be the center of attention, flirt with people, and entertain them in order to stay the center of attention. You are constantly seeking approval for who you are and making rash decisions.
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Narcissists believe they are unique and that no one deserves them; they prioritize their own needs over those of others and expect others to do the same; they have low self-esteem.

#3. Anxiety Personality Disorder(APD)

People with APD are frequently preoccupied with their daily lives and activities. They are concerned about what each day will bring and how they will balance the various activities they participate in. They usually have more intense worries and are afraid of the unknown. You may have tendencies in one or more of the following categories if you have APD.

  • Avoidance Personality disorder: You are lonely and isolated; you avoid activities that bring you closer to others; you are constantly concerned with criticism and rejection; you are sensitive to people’s disapproval. You, too, are experiencing depressive symptoms.
  • Dependent personality disorder: Because you believe others are more capable than you, they make decisions for you. Even if the options are bad, you make them out of fear of being alone. You believe you are too weak to make your own decisions or take responsibility for others.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personal Disorder: When things aren’t in good shape, you become anxious and set unrealistically high standards for yourself and those around you.

How Does Personality Disorder Influence Interpersonal Functioning?

Personality disorders strain good relationships because the majority of these disorders have characteristics that discourage you from forming relationships. You will always be paranoid, suspicious, feel unsafe, and have low self-esteem about everyone around you and yourself if you have any of these disorders. You will believe that everyone is out to get you and will avoid all relationships.

How Internal Family Systems(IFS) Therapy Can Help With Personality Disorder

What is IFS

Richard Schwartz developed the Internal Family Systems Model (IFS). It’s a conversation between IFS therapists and the client. Individual therapy with an IFS therapist assists the client in identifying their whole self and its parts.

Internal family systems therapy has the advantage of teaching clients how to be their own therapists through evidence-based programs. Internal family systems teach you self-leadership. IFS therapy is linked to the human mind. It was assumed that the human mind is powerful and open. Internal family systems theory promotes extensive self-discovery and healing.

How Does IFS Work?

IFS Therapy can assist people with personality disorders in forming long-term relationships and breaking free from their lonely world. When you sign up for a therapy session, a mental health professional will guide you through the stages of discovering your whole self and the other parts of yourself.

Discovering your core self using the IFS model is a type of traumatic treatment that will allow you to break free from those personality disorders and build functional relationships.

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