Cluster B personality traits are dramatic, emotional and attention seeking. They include:

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder,
  • Borderline Personality Disorder,
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder and
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

The following is an example of how an individual with a cluster B personality disorder may require the services of a criminal attorney.

John is a 25 year old construction worker who was arrested for stealing from his employer. His attorney learned that John had a chaotic home environment when he was a child. His father was a violent alcoholic who physically abused John and his mother. His school records showed that he achieved passing grades though he was frequently truant. His teachers described him as a bright student who did not work up to his potential. He bullied other students and was frequently involved in fights. He was evaluated by a school psychologist who diagnosed him as having a conduct disorder. John quit school at age 16 and joined a gang. He was arrested as a teen for stealing a car and drug possession. He spent time in a juvenile detention center. John denied any prior criminal history when he met with his attorney. He also said that he did not steal from his employer. He insisted that the employer gave him money to buy building supplies and equipment and was now changing his story.


For our newsletter and blog this month we are reviewing Cluster B & C type Personality Disorders. The blog topics for this month are:

  • Personality Disorders: Defining “Cluster B” (9/4/15)
  • Cluster B: Borderline, Histrionic and Narcissistic (9/11/15)
  • Personality Disorders: Defining “Cluster C” (9/18/15)
  • Cluster C: Avoidant and Obsessive Compulsive  (9/25/15)

Note: To see all posts in this topic, including last month’s Cluster A topics, click here

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