Famous People with Personality
Personality disorders fall under a class of mental disorders
that are characterized by enduring maladaptive behavior patterns,
inner experience and cognition, exhibited through many contexts
and deviating in a manner that is noticeable from those that are
accepted by the culture of an individual.
The patterns develop early, are not flexible and are associated
with significant disability or distress. Psychology defines personality
as a set of mental traits and enduring behavior that distinguishes
List Famous People with Personality
Anders Behring Breivik
Richard Allen Davis
John Wayne Gacy
John Hinckley, Jr.
Marsha M. Linehan
Brian David Mitchell
Kari Ann Peniche
Anna Nicole Smith
Keeping this in mind personality disorders are defined by behaviors
and experiences that are different from the norm and expectations
of the society. People who are diagnosed with a personality disorder
experience difficulty when it comes to emotiveness, cognition,
control of impulse and interpersonal functioning. Four of the
major types of personality disorders include Borderline, Narcissistic,
Anti-Social and Histrionic. Some of the other ones include Paranoid,
Schizoid, Schizotypal, Avoidant, Dependent and Obsessive-compulsive
(not to be confused with OCD).
Personality disorders are diagnosed in a large percentage of
psychiatric patients, between 40 and 60 percent. They are some
of the most common if not the
most common out of all the psychiatric diagnoses.
However, currently most
stars, celebrities and notables do not own up to
this group of mental illnesses (presumably because of perceived
stigma, embarrassment or financial loss) which leaves the list
above weighted more towards violent criminals (such as serial
killers) than it should be. It is often said that Hollywood is
filled with narcissists, histrionics and borderlines (but those
who have come out are few and far between). So take note and let's
move on to what you should know.
And what you should notice is that these disorders do not discriminate.
People from all walks of life can be affected by one of these
mental illnesses. There are several famous people who have been
diagnosed with personality disorders and this info is now in public
domain. Some of the known celebrities are Angelina Jolie (pictured
at top), Anna Nicole Smith (pictured bottom) and Jack Kerouac
(pictured above) along with, as previously stated, a lot of violent
This goes to show, however,
that everyone is at risk regardless of one's status
or money. The behavioral patterns that are evident in personality
disorders are mostly associated with substantial disturbances
in some of the behavioral tendencies of a person, usually in line
with multiple areas of the personality, and are usually associated
with both personal and social disruption. A personality disorder
can affect the occupational or social functioning of a person
as a result of the impairments brought about by abnormalities.
Personality disorders are not flexible and spread across numerous
situations. The behavior may be ego-syntonic meaning that the
patterns are in line with the ego integrity of the person. In
this case they are deemed as appropriate by the individual.
Anna Nicole Smith
This behavior can lead to maladaptive coping skills that may
result to personal problems which bring about extreme anxiety,
depression or distress. The behavior patterns can be recognized
when a person is in the adolescent stage and the beginning of
adulthood. There are some instances where they can be recognized
Everyone goes through stages of development from childhood through
adulthood. Celebrities, like everyone else, pass through these
stages. Early trauma, abuse, genetic and biological influences
and life experiences are thought to play a role in the onset of
personality disorders. This condition is most often treated with
psychotherapy, group support and/or medications. On a positive
note, the symptoms of personality disorders may lessen with age.