DOI: 10.14704/nq.2019.17.6.2354

The Neurobiological Mechanism of Emotions and Behavior in Personality Disorders

Barbara Gawda


This commentary refers to the findings reported in the articles showing that both personality disorder traits and emotional functioning have constant neural bases. These bases determine their stable nature which means that impaired behavior, experienced emotions, and even relevant cognitive functioning related to their neurobiological mechanisms show some degree of constancy. This, in turn, results in some difficulties in the treatment of persons displaying emotional dysfunctions associated with personality disorders traits. Another important conclusion should be formulated in that the findings presented in the articles support the idea that affective and personality functioning of persons with personality disorders can be better understood and treated when both psychological and neurobiological mechanisms are taken into consideration.


personality disorders, neural correlates

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