The Surprising History of Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder

  title={The Surprising History of Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder},
  author={Christopher Lane},
  journal={Theory \& Psychology},
  pages={55 - 70}
  • C. Lane
  • Published 1 February 2009
  • Psychology
  • Theory & Psychology
The history of passive-aggressive personality disorder (PAPD) reveals many things about American psychiatry, including how its use and understanding of diagnostic categories have in recent decades changed. The disorder is thus a useful litmus test for establishing whether categories in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) have undergone a type of “diagnostic bracket creep” (Peter Kramer's term) with significant effects on the wider culture. The history of PAPD also… Expand
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