Personality Style = deeply ingrained, pervasive pattern of inner experience and interpersonal behavior that is relatively stable from adolescence through adulthood = “who we are.”
Personality Traits = characteristics of behaving, interacting, and reacting that define our personality style. E.g. vulnerability to criticism, entitlement, and difficulty with empathy.
Personality Disorder = collection of personality traits that is markedly deviant from the individual’s culture and that leads to conflict or chaos in multiple life areas, such as regulation of mood and impulses, ability to self-soothe, be in an intimate relationship, hold a job, tolerate criticism or rejection, or defer gratification.