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2004, vol. 36, iss. 2, pp. 243-260
Modern concept of personality disorders: The past rediscovered
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Mental Health

Keywords: personality disorders; borderline personality disorder; trauma; classifica-literature; social influences
The concept of personality disorders has evolved over the years, and in the last two decades research in this field has shown a substantial growth. However, there are still serious theoretical and methodological problems and a lot of inconsistencies regarding their definition, diagnostics classification, and treatment. Thus, in spite of the proclaimed progress this area is still full of controversies and confronts psychiatrists with limitation of their art. In addition to that, personality disorders might be linked with the growing violence in the contemporary world. The destruction of nature, of life and economic resources is coupled with an outbreak of posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and personality changes. The contemporary age is dominated by "the culture of narcissism" which insists on success and power, with a diffuse identity and a loss of traditional values, love, religion, and spirituality. It is possible that prevailing tendency towards globalization and creation of a new Babylon favors a regression to primitive levels of functioning and a development of borderline personalities, prone to fragmentation and affective and cognitive disorders. However, it might be that the new age just favors the expression of personality disorders and not their prevalence, which might have been the same in all times and all cultures. Controversies in the field of personality disorders are discussed in this paper.
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