In July I am going to start an elective in personality disorders. I'm so excited! I'm trying to read up a bit on the topic, but there's one question I've always had that I've yet to see addressed. They say that personality disorders may have their origins very early in life as object relation problems. (Not that I fully understand the meaning of this, of course, but it's what I've learned so far.) But the disorders themselves don't appear until adulthood. Aside from children who have obvious conduct disorders or oppositional-defiant disorder, what is going on with these individuals when they are children? The future histrionics and narcissists, for example? Do they show signs as children? What is happening with them during those years? Thanks in advance for any input!