The Dimensions of Personality


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Instructor: Abstract:

John Oldham, MD presents The Dimensions of Personality.This presentation will focus on the dimensional nature of personality, emphasizing a continuum model from personality styles to personality disorders. The development of the Alternative Model for DSM-5 Personality Disorders will be described, reviewing the hybrid nature of the model that incorporates two dimensional components: 1) level of impairment in functioning, and 2) pathological personality trait domains and trait facets. The utility of the AMPD for routine clinical use will be discussed.

Speaker Bio

John M. Oldham, MD, is currently chief of staff at the Menninger Clinic and Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, where he previously held the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Endowed Chair for Personality Disorders. He is past president of the following organizations: American Psychiatric Association (APA), American College of Psychiatrists, New York County District Branch of the APA, South Carolina Psychiatric Association, International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, and Association for Research on Personality Disorders. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh. Dr. Oldham is editor of the Journal of Psychiatric Practice and the Journal of Personality Disorders, and he is joint editor-in-chief of Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation.

Format: Videocast and Audio Podcast


Learning Objectives

Differentiate dimensional versus categorical methods of conceptualizing personality disorders.
Describe the Alternative DSM-5 Model for Personality Disorders.
Recognize the continuum from normal personality styles to impairment in functioning from personality disorders.

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