In the 30 years or so that ive worked in the mental health field ive found ausubels theory of ego personality development and his understanding of emotional disorders to be essentially correct. Ego development and the personality disorders a developmental approach to psychopathology unknown binding 1952 by david paul ausubel author visit amazons david paul ausubel page find all the books read about the author and more see search results . A breakdown of the ego development levels for each personality disorder is provided personality disorders that cluster in the dramatic emotional and erratic cluster of the dsm iii histrionic narcissistic antisocial and borderline personality disorders were found to have the majority of individuals who scored below the conformity level . Ego development and psychopathology in a review of studies examining ego development and psychopathology noam and colleagues 2006 reported that whereas psychosis and personality disorders inhabit the impulsive e2 and self protective e3 levels diagnostic categories characterized by anxiety and affective disorders are represented in higher proportions at the conformist e4 and self . Freuds theory provides one conceptualization of how personality is structured and how these different elements of personality function in freuds view a healthy personality results from a balance in the dynamic interaction of the id ego and superego
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