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An Overview of Immature Personality Disorder

Immature Personality Disorder usually develops in teenagers, and is indicated by the absence of mature behavior. Although people with mature behavior know the difference between maturity and childishness, this disorder makes the patients act childishly all the time.
An Overview of Immature Personality Disorder
What is Immature Personality Disorder?
How Does it Differ from Mature Personality Disorder
Types of Immature Personality Disorders
Symptoms of Immature Personality Disorder

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When a person grows into an adult, childish behaviors automatically disappear and the person becomes more mature. This is actually a major development in human life. As you become older, the way you handle your life changes completely. During the course of development, there will be times when you are emotionally distressed. These emotional disturbances are at their highest level in your teen years. Most people thrive and develop the ability to cope with these emotional factors. As the result, they become able to take on adult responsibilities. They learn how to handle the problems in their life. Some people, however, will not be able to cope with the difficulties of life, do not acquire the ability to face and overcome obstacles and continue to exhibit childish behaviors.

The main feature that separates mature personality disorders from immature disorders is the duration of the problem. Mature personality disorders usually continue until old age. These disorders include paranoid disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders and schizoid personality disorders. On the other hand, immature personality disorders will disappear with time.

Based on the persistence of the condition and the behavior of the patient, it is classified into four types. In patients with borderline personality disorder, the patient exhibits sudden changes in mood, and the condition continues even after 18 years of age. Antisocial personality disorder is characterized by antisocial behaviors avoiding all chances of friendly, cooperative social interactions. In histrionic personality disorder, the patient will exhibit excessive emotional patterns to grab attention. Narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by addiction to power or prestige.

The patients with this disorder lives in a world of imagination. They are not able to deal with every day stress. As the result, they will become excessively emotional. In addition, they may lose their temper easily. These people do not think of the future and cannot take responsibilities. Sudden changes in mood are a common symptom seen in this type of disorder.

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When you’re still a child, you cling to your parents with dear life, depending on them on almost everything you need. From the food that you eat to the clothes that you wear to the games that you play – everything has to be spoon-fed by your parent. That spoon-feeding method gradually lessens as you grow older.

At 3 years old, you learn to choose and wear clothes on your own. By the time you’re 6, you can organize your things and get ready for school. When you reach your teenage years, you can go out on your own without having your parents trail behind. Such development is normal. Although milestones occur at different ages, people develop and evolve into mature beings that are well-equipped to handle themselves independently.

People with Immature Personality Disorder, however, have extreme difficulties adapting to these changes. They somewhat fail to acquire the necessary skills needed to handle situations and respond to problems. This condition, which is very common among teenagers, is a type of personality disorder characterized by the lack of mature behavior, attitude and perspective.

If you have a teen that you suspect has this problem, here are some tips that can help you in this predicament.

It’s very important to have a close relationship with your child in order for you to impart significant changes in his/her personality. If you barely talk to your teenage child, you cannot expect to have success in talking to him/her about this matter.

Open up to your teen how you feel about this. Don’t use the words “disappointed” or “failure”. If you tell your teen that he/she failed you, he/she would feel that it is over and that there is no more room for changes. Instead, tell your teen that you are concerned that he/she might be having difficulty and stress handling things maturely but you are positive that in time, he/she will be able to do that. Be sure to offer your help and give the assurance that you’re there for him/her no matter what.

Sometimes, the reason children grow up as immature teens is that they were never really given the chance to handle responsibilities. Some parents take it up on themselves to do everything for the children. But if you truly love your child, you’ll allow him/her to experience difficulties in handling responsibilities as this will serve as the training ground for the real world. Don’t be afraid to give responsibilities to your teen. Don’t underestimate his/her abilities. If you believe that your child is not capable of doing anything, he/she will grow up thinking the same thing.

To reinforce proper behavior, it’s a must for parents to be generous with compliments. Constructive criticisms can be given from time to time but be sure to impart it in such a way that they won’t be offended or that they won’t feel that everything they’re doing is wrong.

An Overview of Immature Personality Disorder

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