Disturbances of Character
More folks have character disturbances these days. Aspects of modern culture promote such disturbances – even reward them. When these disturbances become serious, we label them character disorders.
By definition, character reflects the moral dimension of personality. Our personalities bespeak the unique way we perceive and deal with our world. But the very way we prefer to relate and cope can become problematic. (See also the series beginning with: Personality and Character Disorders: A Primer.)
Character disturbances stem from inadequate conscience formation during personality development. And character disorders result from an impoverished or even absent conscience. Moreover, individuals possessing certain traits have trouble forming good consciences. Folks with inflated egos have that trouble. (See: Narcissism and Character Development.) So do folks who tend to be too headstrong or aggressive. (See: Understanding the Aggressive Personalities.) The former have trouble recognizing and respecting a higher authority. The latter actively pit themselves against the rules.