Pessimistic/Melancholic Personality

   

 

Functional (F) and Structural (S) Domains

 

(F) Expressively Disconsolate (e.g., appearance and posture conveys and irrelievably forlorn, somber, heavy-hearted, woebegone, if not grief-stricken quality; irremediably dispirited and discouraged, portraying a sense of permanent hopelessness and wretchedness).

(F) Interpersonally Defenseless (e.g., owing to feeling vulnerable, assailable, and unshielded, will beseech others to be nurturant and protective; fearing abandonment and desertion, will not only act in an endangered manner, but seek, if not demand assurances of affection, steadfastness, and devotion).

(F) Fatalistic Cognitive-Style (e.g., possesses defeatist attitudes about almost all matters, sees things in their blackest form and invariably expects the worst; feeling weighed down, discouraged, and bleak, gives the gloomiest interpretation of current events, despairing as well that things will never improve in the future).

(S) Worthless Self-Image (e.g., judges oneself of no account, valueless to self or others, inadequate and unsuccessful in all aspirations; barren, sterile, impotent, sees self as inconsequential and reproachable, if not contemptible, a person who should be criticized and derogated, as well as feel guilty for possessing no praiseworthy traits or achievements).

(S) Forsaken Object-Relations (e.g., internalized representations of the past appear jettisoned, as if life's early experiences have been depleted or devitalized, either drained of their richness and joyful elements, or withdrawn from memory, leaving one to feel abandoned, bereft, and discarded, cast off and deserted).

(F) Asceticism Regulatory Mechanism (e.g., engages in acts of self-denial, self-punishment, and self-tormenting, believing that one should exhibit penance and be deprived of life's bounties; not only is there a repudiation of pleasures, but there are harsh self-judgments, as well as self-destructive acts).

(S) Depleted Morphologic Organization (e.g., the scaffold for morphologic structures is markedly weakened, with coping methods enervated and defensive strategies impoverished, emptied and devoid of their vigor and focus, resulting in a diminished, if not exhausted capacity to initiate action and regulate affect, impulse, and conflict).

(S) Woeful Mood-Temperament (e.g., is typically woeful, gloomy, tearful, joyless, and morose; characteristically worrisome and brooding, the low spirits and dysphoric state rarely remits).

 

 

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