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Which type of personality disorder is it when someone feels the need to argue about meaningless issues?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
12 doctors agree

In brief: Obsessive/Compulsive

A person with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (different from obsessive-compulsive disorder) is another personality disorder that might argue about issues others find meaningless.
These folks often have a need for precision and exactitude in the minute details of a project, details that other fail to see as significant. This can lead to lots of arguments.

In brief: Obsessive/Compulsive

A person with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (different from obsessive-compulsive disorder) is another personality disorder that might argue about issues others find meaningless.
These folks often have a need for precision and exactitude in the minute details of a project, details that other fail to see as significant. This can lead to lots of arguments.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
This behavior in a child would most likely lead to a diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder and that type of disorder will often go on into adulthood to form a true personality diasorder such as the one described by Med Student David Miller.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Whatever the diagnosis, this is a great way to ruin your life. Relationships are more important than being right.
Dr. Madan Uprety
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Narcissistic

People with hugh ego generally has hard time accepting others point of view!

In brief: Narcissistic

People with hugh ego generally has hard time accepting others point of view!
Dr. Madan Uprety
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Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Many PDs...

There are a variety of personality disorders that may include such behavior. Some of these include obsessive-compulsive pd, narcissistic pd, borderline pd, antisocial pd, etc.
The motivation behind this behavior will likely be different for each pd, but it can look similar.

In brief: Many PDs...

There are a variety of personality disorders that may include such behavior. Some of these include obsessive-compulsive pd, narcissistic pd, borderline pd, antisocial pd, etc.
The motivation behind this behavior will likely be different for each pd, but it can look similar.
Dr. Jerry Smith
Dr. Jerry Smith
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Dr. Jerry Smith
For ex: borderline pds may create arguments as part of a self-fulfilling prophecy to push others away and reinforce their belief system that others will abandon them while antisocial pds may start arguments because they simply get excitement from conflict and being emotionally abusive to others.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Opposition disorder

Opposition disorder. This is the need to argue about anything rather than being considerate and cooperative.
This is a psychological problem that may have a genetic basis.

In brief: Opposition disorder

Opposition disorder. This is the need to argue about anything rather than being considerate and cooperative.
This is a psychological problem that may have a genetic basis.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Oppositional defiant disorder is a disorder of childhood for the most part. It is a pattern of persistent and almost universal defiance regarding rules, structure or any type of authoritarian control. It can involve screaming, yelling, and in the extreme, physical acting out to the point of being destructive. Other disorders may coexist. Some believe ODD to be a precursor to those other disorders.
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