When a person has been wronged physically or psychologically, a reaction ensues that can have an effect upon the future characteristics of their personality. The age, intensity and amount of affliction will determine the length of time to recover: the earlier the age, the more drastic the effect.
In some cases, the individual will develop dual needs, where the longing for love will combat with the need to rebel. Their longing comes from a sense of emotional deprivation experienced as a result of an infliction, and the need to rebel stems from the resentment ignited. In cases where repeat offenses occur from entities outside of the original source, and added measure of suspicion will creep into the personality of the individual. They will begin to suspect the world, yet often times the repeat affliction will have occurred as a result of the originating neediness and resentment. In turn, a cycle will develop, where the human condition prompts the individual reach out, and the unattended-to emotions recreate chaos that spirals the situation all the way back to the origin, where the cycle will thus repeat itself.
When people suffer from circular situations of personality disruption, the ability to correct matters can often remain elusive. The individual may not understand what is occurring, and sometimes will turn to addictions to appease uncomfortable emotions. If no exterior source is coherent of the issue, the personality can morph and distort in increasing proportions. Maybe the person will function well enough in society, yet within the mind their lives are chaos and a measure of isolation may overcome their personal lives. Sometimes a point is reached where others begin to sense the personal turmoil, and may participate in the digression by avoiding the individual, thus creating a sense of stigmatism.
Abuse lies at the birthplace of personality disorders ranging from avoidant to borderline, to anti-social to narcissistic. People who suffer from these disorders have to do much of the work themselves with regard to recovery, for the disorders stem from sources that are not congenital; they take time to develop through life circumstances, and they take time to heal through self-confrontation and discipline. Some never see recovery as personality disorders possess a tendency to ingrain themselves into the individual, but recovery is possible.