Negativistic personality disorder, also known as passive-aggressive disorder, is characterized by persistent pessimism and negative attitudes. People suffering from negativistic personality disorder usually appear to comply or act according to the various demands, but actually, he or she will behave negatively and will passively resist. These negativistic attitudes usually manifest as procrastination, dawdling, stubbornness, deliberate inefficiency, pretended forgetfulness and unreasonable criticism of people in authority. These self-destructive behaviors are often supported by statements like "good things don't last", "it doesn't pay to be good", "the future is behind me" and similar.
Negativistic personality disorder isn't yet officially recognized by the Committee for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. However, this disorder appears in Appendix B of the manual, marked as material that requires further study.
Negativistic Personality Disorder Symptoms
Persons with negativistic personality disorder usually appear contradictory and show inconsistent behavior. This person may seem enthusiastic about carrying out other people's request and than perform the task in a completely different manner, so that the final outcome may be damaging. Moreover, a person affected by this disorder will intentionally avoid responsibility. The most common behavior found in persons with negativistic personality disorder is procrastination, intentional and needless delay of someone's request. These persons will usually express deliberate inefficiency, performing a task, in incompetent manner. Moreover, these individuals may avoid any kind of responsibility by claiming they forgot to do the task.
All of the listed behaviors are commonly followed by strong resentment towards authority or other people who are in charge. People with negativistic personality disorder usually appear stubborn, very argumentative and sometimes even hostile to others. Essentially, these people have serious problems with authority, or with individuals that they believe have power over them. This is why people with negativistic personality avoid responsibility and constructive conversation by being easily offended or resentful to suggestions of others. These people are even prone to blaming other people for their faults.
Negativistic Personality Disorder Treatment
As already mentioned, this condition isn't officially recognized as a disorder and there is still no medicine for its treatment. Sometimes, doctors may prescribe anti-depressants, especially for those patients who have serious mood problems. Counseling is efficient for patients who entered treatment via self-referral. These people already admitted that they have problems with their personality and the aim of counseling is to help the patient identify and change the harmful behavior. Patients that are forced to treatment, and who don't realize they are having a problem, are less likely to recover and realize they are a major factor for their own problems.