Our personality is the characteristic set of thoughts, feelings and behaviours that make us who we are. It guides us to make the decisions that we make and impacts all interactions that we have with others. Personality disorders describe conditions where the aforementioned elements of our personality cause us persistent difficulties in our lives. They represent significant deviations from the way in which a typical individual thinks/feels/behaves in certain situations - particularly in relation to others.
We all have aspects of our personality that can prevent us from, at times, being the people we want to be. Those with personality disorders are not fundamentally different to anyone else, but can sometimes need additional help.