The latest episode of The Menninger Clinic’s Mind Dive podcast features the psychiatrist who wrote the book on personality and personality disorders. John M. Oldham, MD, MS, is co-author of “The New Personality Self-Portrait: Why You Think, Work, Love and Act the Way You Do,” the book largely credited for spearheading the DSM-5 alternative model for personality disorders.
Dive into this episode with hosts Dr. Kerry Horrell and Dr. Bob Boland for an exploration into the factors that make personality as unique as a fingerprint and learn if the now-popularized alternative model of understanding personality will finally overtake the DSM-4 categorical model. Also, Dr. Oldham reacts to the individual NPSP25 test results of Dr. Boland and Dr. Horrell.
Dr. Oldham currently serves as Distinguished Emeritus Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. He previously served as senior vice president and chief of staff at the Menninger Clinic, president of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and president of The American College of Psychiatrists. Dr. Oldham has also recently served as the APA’s co-chair of the Work Group on Personality and Personality Disorders for the most recent edition of the DSM-5. 
“I like to explain the personality through a blood pressure metaphor,” said Dr. Oldham. “In a dimensional sense, you have to have blood pressure or you’re not human or alive. You have to have a personality or you’re not human or alive. However, have too much or too little of a necessary thing, and you’re going to have a real problem.” 
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