posted on Sep, 28 2009 @ 04:46 AM
If those results are accurate, I shouldn't be allowed to run loose. But I already knew that much...
These "disorders" are highly subjective. They vary according to what groups of people accept and expect. In some groups, such "disorders" might
be highly useful. For instance, a person who scores high on "obsessive/compulsive" may do just fine in some occupation that requires excruciating
attention to detail. Someone who is supposedly "paranoid" may make an excellent security officer somewhere. Basically I'd say that these aren't
disorders so much as personality *traits*. Only when the trait interferes with a person's life would they be disorders.
Another consideration is that most of these "diagnoses" were invented by the psychiatric community to help categorize various types of behavior.
There is a whole book of such "diagnoses", called DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, version 4). Unfortunately, insurance companies,
governmental organizations, hospitals, etc., require that doctors attach some sort of label to people who are being treated (or who might be eligible
for treatment). They need some sort of number to plug into a computer, so they describe all sorts of behaviors as "disorders" or other pathology.
Since no two people are alike, these numbers are more or less forced on people. Moreover, the same individual may get a different "diagnosis" from
different doctors, or even from the same doctor on different days.
Still, it's a bit amusing or intruguing to see how I do on these tests. I value the results as much as I do my newspaper horoscope.