This chapter will present what can occur when there is failure to work adequately on developing a healthy personality in childhood, adolescence and adult life by growth in virtues, that is, a personality disorder can develop.
The difficulty with self- and other- directed impulsive aggression in spouses with schizotypal and paranoid PD, borderline and histrionic PD, obsessive-compulsive PD, avoidant PD and antisocial PD has been attributed to reduced central serotonergic function (Coccaro, E., 1989).
This chapter will present information on PDs and on the important role of forgiveness in resolving the excessive anger, difficulty in trusting, fears and profound sadness from childhood emotional "wounds" with one or both parents that is present in most of these spouses.
An exception would be those with a narcissistic disorders.
We will look at the prevalence and the role of anger in what are referred to as cluster A, B and C personality disorders (PDs).
In these disorders difficulties with excessive anger has been well documented both in research studies and in clinical experience.
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A major goal in married life is maintain a healthy personality for our spouses and our children.