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personality adaptation

This term originated by Paul Ware, MD and elaborated by Vann Joines, Ph.D. refers to one of six basic adaptations individuals make in childhood in terms of how to best survive and meet the expectations in one's family of origin. The six adaptations that form the basic building blocks of personality are: schizoid, paranoid, antisocial, passive-aggressive, obsessive-compulsive, and hysteric. One can have any of these and be anywhere on the mental health spectrum from healthy to psychotic.