2011 issue 4


Volume 20, issue 4

World Psychiatry Forum

Personality and psychopathology

Thomas A. Widiger1
1. Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2011; 20(4): 227–231
Keywords: personality, psychopathology, comorbidity, co-occurrence, spectrum, pathoplastic


Personality and psychopathology can relate to one another in three different ways: personality and psychopathology can
influence the presentation or appearance of one another (pathoplastic relationships); they can share a common, underlying
etiology (spectrum relationships); and they can have a causal role in the development or etiology of one another. Each of these
possible forms of interrelationships considered in this paper.