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To be borderline is to have little sense of who you are or what turns you on. At its extreme, it may mean having to turn to others for cues in order to know when to eat or drink, work or rest, or even laugh or cry. It may mean intensely embracing a person, idea, or thing one day, and having no use at all for it the next. This lack of a constant picture of one’s self, one’s values, or one’s passions is at the heart of the borderline personality. Imagine floating randomly through space without any sense of up or down and without a map to show you either your origin or destination. To be borderline means to lack grounding emotionally and to exist from moment to moment without any sense of continuity, predictability, or meaning. Life is experienced in fragments, more like a series of snapshots than a moving picture. It is a series of discreet points of experience that fail to flow together smoothly or to create an integrated whole.
Lost in the Mirror: An Inside Look at Borderline Personality Disorder (via shitborderlinesdo)
To be borderline is to have little sense of who you are or what turns you on. At its extreme, it may mean having to turn to others for cues in order to know when to eat or drink, work or rest, or even laugh or cry. It may mean intensely embracing a person, idea, or thing one day, and having no use at all for it the next. This lack of a constant picture of one’s self, one’s values, or one’s passions is at the heart of the borderline personality. Imagine floating randomly through space without any sense of up or down and without a map to show you either your origin or destination. To be borderline means to lack grounding emotionally and to exist from moment to moment without any sense of continuity, predictability, or meaning. Life is experienced in fragments, more like a series of snapshots than a moving picture. It is a series of discreet points of experience that fail to flow together smoothly or to create an integrated whole.
Lost in the Mirror: An Inside Look at Borderline Personality Disorder (via shitborderlinesdo)

Looking at the BPD diagnosing criteria in a different light:

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1. frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment. Note: Do not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in Criterion 5.

A keen sense of connection with others despite a social norm of individual disconnectedness, strong feelings of discomfort when disconnectedness is enforced.

BPDs can teach that we’re all deeply connected.

2. a pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation.

A keen awareness of the creative and destructive traits of others and self and the ability to relate deeply and intensely to an above-average number of others.

BPDs can teach about the light and shadow in both themselves and others and share this knowledge with many people.

3. identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self.

A Self that is highly adaptive in order to facilitate relations with more rigidly defined others.

BPDs can teach that Self only exists in relation to Other.


4. impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating). Note: Do not include suicidal or self-mutilating behaviour covered in Criterion 5.

A deep urge to explore the ecstatic heights and depths of human experience even at the expense of personal risk.

BPDs can teach that ecstatic experience is a fundamental part of human existence.


5. recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior

A deep rooted knowledge that death and destruction are catalysts for creative change.

BPDs can teach that the old has to die to make way for the new.

6. affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days).

Heightened sensitivity to atmospheric shifts in the environment and within the individual.

BPDs can teach how to tune in to the surroundings on an emotional level.


7. chronic feelings of emptiness

A deep seated thirst for meaningful relationships and experiences that is not easily satisfied with artificial substitutes.

BPDs can teach that the soul needs nourishment beyond what mainstream society has to offer.

8. inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights)

Strong adverse reactions to injustice or abuse that sometimes transfers across time and place or individual boundaries.

BPDs can teach that anger is an appropriate reaction to injustice and oppression.

9. transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms

A connection to realms of experience outside of prescribed “normality” that is cherished and revered in other cultural contexts.

BPDs can teach that experience is not limited to the five senses and can offer insight into realms beyond the obvious.

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Note: This is not a professional, either. It’s just an optimistic person with BPD.

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