Hey, I am having trouble figuring out the type of my older sister. In the past, she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder, which, combined with the medications she takes for both, makes it hard to determine her true personality. In fact, I have no idea what sort of person she would be without these mental impairments. I only know her from the behavior she exhibits, which are:
She is very self-centered, but not in a superior way. It's more like, she's oblivious to the lives of everyone else. Her favorite topics of conversation are herself, her romantic interests, and her possessions. Anything beyond that just goes in one ear and out the other. She's not what you would call a "deep thinker". Trying to have an intellectual conversation with her is impossible.
She's a creature of habit. She values being comfortable, and she likes being surrounded by pretty things. She is an obsessive collector, and has about a million purses and pairs of shoes. She also has the same interests she had when she was a teenager. In fact, I think in her head, she still is a teenager.
She likes being around people, but she's not outgoing. When in groups of people, she doesn't talk much. I suspect because she has a hard time relating to them.
She's very sensitive and soft-hearted. She loves animals, and she hates it when they're mistreated. The main reason she quit smoking was, not for the sake of her own health, but the health of her pets.
She's highly sensitive to criticism. She views every differing opinion as a personal attack. She seems absolutely incapable of being rational or objective about anything.
And yet, she's also the most indecisive person I've ever known. It is alarmingly easy to persuade her. If I were a manipulative person, I could get her to change her dinner order a dozen times at a restaurant. It's like she constantly needs outside approval in order to make a decision.
I don't know how much of this behavior is really her, and how much of it is a product of her mental illness. Is there any way to know?