Author: Leon Salzman
This group of disorders is characterized by maladaptive patterns of behavior that are not sufficiently definite or severe to be considered neurotic or psychotic syndromes. While there are generally no particular symptoms
associated with each of these syndromes, the disorders involve an exaggeration or accentuation of the individual’s personality structure, so that they may be incapacitating or so extreme as to focus attention on these
character traits and thereby create anxiety. In contrast to the neuroses where the symptoms are ego-alien, in the character disorders the behavior or character traits are in general ego-syntonic and only occasionally maladaptive.