Cluster B personality disorders
|Cluster A (odd)|
|Cluster B (dramatic)|
|Cluster C (anxious)|
Cluster B personality disorders are characterized by dramatic, overly emotional or unpredictable thinking or behavior and interactions with others. They include antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder.
The British National Health Service has described those with this disorder as someone who, "struggles to relate to others. As a result, they show patterns of behaviour most would regard as dramatic, erratic and threatening or disturbing."
There are four recognized Cluster B personality disorders:
- Antisocial personality disorder (DSM-IV code 301.7): a pervasive disregard for the law and the rights of others.
- Borderline personality disorder (DSM-IV code 301.83): extreme "black and white" thinking, chronic feelings of emptiness, instability in relationships, self-image, identity and behavior often leading to self-harm and impulsivity.
- Histrionic personality disorder (DSM-IV code 301.50): pervasive attention-seeking behavior including inappropriately seductive behavior and shallow or exaggerated emotions.
- Narcissistic personality disorder (DSM-IV code 301.81): a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and a lack of empathy.
- Kristalyn Salters-Pedneault (May 6, 2016). "Understanding the Cluster B Personality Disorders/The Cluster B Personality Disorders: What Are the Cluster B Personality Disorders?". Verywell. Archived from the original on September 6, 2010.