Serenity and Aggression:

Serenity and Aggression:

Within every storm, there are moments of violence and moments of peace. While some dislike the weather associated with storms, none can deny that there exists a certain balance between aggression and serenity inside each storm. Such nature exists within every human as well; it simply takes the form of our emotions. Not one person is always happy, nor are they always angry or sad. Thus, we all exhibit waves of emotional flux which serve to balance us out. These emotions are generally thought to be within our grasp or better said, we believe that we control our own emotions however; some people suffer from an inability to “control” these emotions. 

This type of inability is often referred to as a personality disorder (PD), which can be more formally described as “any in a group of disorders involving pervasive patterns of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about the environment and the self that interfere with long term functioning of the individual and are not limited to isolated episodes” (APA). Given this information, many would often shut out or ignore someone who has this disorder due to the belief that it’s an illness that results from poor emotional control. However, new research introduces the point that genetics, peer surroundings, and social stigma can have an effect on the individual and could be the very reason why they developed this disorder in the first place.

 Many believe that emotion is within our control, and thus, an illness such as this could never afflict them. However, newer research has suggested that genetics could also play a role in the development of said disorders. An example of this is a family study that was conducted, where researchers tested borderline personality disorder in order to see the percent of additive genetic factors that explained variance in borderline PD (Reichborn-Kjennerud, 2022). They were able to assess that 45% of those factors involved in borderline PD were considered heritable, validating the claim that genetics does indeed play a role in that of personality disorder acquisition. That same research group also took it upon themselves to analyze the relevance of genes in cluster B personality disorders (Antisocial/Narcissistic type of PD) and found that additive genetic factors contributed 32% to these types of personality disorders. It may not be as large of a number as one might have expected it to be. However, it is evident that a part of our personality and the disorders that may arise from it are not always within our control, for they may simply be a part of our genetic makeup. 

Society focuses a lot of attention on those who we deem as well-versed and stand out in their respective fields. We praise them for how “perfect” they seem to be, in most of these cases. However, the truth behind all this is that most of those people we idolize as celebrities have just as many, if not more, problems than we do. The logic for why this is important is because we generally idolize those who we believe are perfect and base our standards for our own social circles based on their attributes. When making said standards, most people are able to fit into the social norms.  However, those who do not are generally those who have either mental or physical illnesses. We perceive them as troubled and not good for our lives when the reality is actually that they could have more to offer than you think. 

Now, what if I told you that some of the biggest names in the western world had personality disorders? Hard to believe, yet, people such as Pete Davidson, Angelina Jolie, and Steve Jobs all had personality disorders (Daily Human Care). They vary in what specific PD they had however, the point is that someone had to open the door for them. Becoming famous and idolized means being viewed in such a kind manner by the world that your accomplishments and your presence beat everything else. If people such as these three distinguished celebrities can live normal lives and be admired when they are around, why can’t non-celebrities suffer from PD, who are not as idolized, live normal lives? Many with PD can try to live a normal life by disguising their disorder and not telling anyone about it; however, this merely perpetuates the original issue, which is why they should hide it in the first place. They hide it because they fear rejection and the rejection stems from the major problem of our generation, social identity. The new generation focuses so much on these labels that it dilutes the value of personality and good conversation because we come in with a preconceived notion of the person already without giving them their fair share. When we think of Steve Jobs, we don’t think of a guy with PD, we think of the man who created Apple; the visionary. It’s about a person’s image that determines their fate in this world. Thus, if we wish to see change to allow for greater acceptance of people with disorders, we must alter our mindset to see people for who they are as a whole and not just one thing (such as PD).     

References

American Psychological Association. (2010). What causes personality disorders? American Psychological Association. Retrieved March 22, 2022, from https://www.apa.org/topics/personality-disorders/causes

American Psychological Association. (2022). Apa Dictionary of Psychology. American Psychological Association. Retrieved March 22, 2022, from https://dictionary.apa.org/personality-disorder

Human Care, D., & *. (2022, March 4). 13 celebrities with personality disorders. Daily Human Care. Retrieved March 22, 2022, from https://dailyhumancare.com/celebrities-with-personality-disorders/

Reichborn-Kjennerud, T. (2010, March 12). The genetic epidemiology of personality disorders. Dialogues in clinical neuroscience. Retrieved March 22, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3181941/ 

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