Depressive Personality

About the depressive personality.

Historical development

Early Formulations

Early perspectives on the depressive personality included Kraepelin's "depressive insanity" and Schneider's "depressive psychopath" model.  

What's the best way to understand this use of the phrase "depressive psychopath?"

  • A type of aggressive, antisocial personality which is prone to depressed mood
  • The word "psychopath" here is misleading because the meaning of the term has evolved over time.

Defenses

Defensive Style

Defensive Styles

Depressive personalities rely heavily on the defenses of introjection and idealization.

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