When personality and their actions and thoughts towards


exploring the concept of social cognition, many topics and ideas arise in my
head. Social cognitive processes are used in our everyday life as it depicts
our own way of interacting, communicating, and controlling our actions in different
environmental settings. Social cognition is resulted by one’s own social
influence, social perception and social awareness. It is the idea of how people
tend to behave in social situations, as this behavior differs depending on the social
setting. In this week’s blog, I would like to focus my topic on personality disorders
and how social cognitive processes are impacted. Borderline personality
disorders have a few attributes in common; that is, they generally result in
greater risk for suicidal tendencies, depression, and substance abuse
(Leichenring, 2011).


There has
been quite a bit of research done on the personality disorder, psychopathy. One
specific study compared children who showed psychopathic traits, in relation to
children who did not. The aim of the study was to observe how the two groups responded
to certain emotional and behavioral attributes. It was recognized that the children
who showed psychopathic attributes had difficulty differentiating between sad
and fearful facial expressions, whereas the other group of children did not
(Stevens, 2001). Mark (2006), had also found similar results and concluded that
this may develop social implications as children start to age.  On the topic of psychopathy, the function of
the amygdala in the brain is associated with making and recognizing emotional
responses, especially fear. Researchers suggest that the amygdala damage is
linked towards psychopathic social behavior. (Adolphs,
R., 2005)


cognitive processing develops and creates one’s personality and their actions
and thoughts towards certain situations. The way individuals are brought up throughout
childhood varies depending on many factors. Leichenring (2011), states that
adult patients with borderline personality disorders were more likely exposed
to trauma, abuse or neglect as a child, which increased the likelihood of
developing antisocial behavior as they aged. The upbringing of a child has a
great impact on their cognitive development and personality as they get older. It
is important to consider certain factors for how an individual is brought up to
develop an understanding towards their personality. A study by Allen, (2007)
ran tests on this idea and found that childhood trauma is linked towards
certain personality characteristics such as; insecurity, nervousness, tension
and irritability, which can later on become more extreme. These certain traits
can be due to the after effects from what the individual had experienced growing
up, which can then lead to the individual becoming unaware of their own personality.


person has a personality that is unique to them, and this is shaped from personal
life experiences. Personality disorders can impact an individual’s life on the
extremity, for instance, their career and relationships with family and
friends. The topic on personality disorders intrigues me and I would like to go
further into researching specific personality disorders and how it impacts
individuals in relation to other personality disorders.