Should BPD Be Renamed ‘Emotional Intensity Disorder?’

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  Many who have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (a condition strongly associated with a history of significant and long-lasting childhood trauma) resent the label, preferring instead to consider themselves as having complex posttraumatic stress disorder (there is a very large overlap between symptoms of BPD and symptoms of complex PTSD) or for BPD …

How To Reduce Effects Of Parents’ Unresolved Trauma On Their Children

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  Alice Miller (1923 – 2010), the world-renowned psychologist and psychoanalyst, theorized that many victims of childhood trauma are unconsciously driven to deny and repress the psychological damage done to them by their parent/s as if the knowledge were to fully permeate their consciousness it would result in overwhelming and unbearable emotional pain (to read …

Perfectionism Linked To Having Inflexible, Authoritarian Parents

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  Having excessively high standards, to the point we feel highly anxious unless whatever we undertake we get precisely right, can be self-defeating. Indeed, we might be so concerned we always perform ‘perfectly’ that we are reluctant to take on, and, therefore, avoid, challenges for fear of not meeting the highly exacting standards that we …

BPD, Algopsychalia And Examples Of Specific, Amplified Emotions

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In my last article, I wrote about how borderline personality disorder (BPD) sufferers are especially likely to suffer from intense, tormenting, psychological pain, a condition known as algopsychalia. Why is this? What Are The Possible Causes Of This Pain? The causes of this pain are highly complex; however, one interesting theory put forward by Schneidman is …

Severe Mental Pain And Anguish : BPD And Algopsychalia

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For several years, unremittingly, I was in a constant state of intense psychological torment. I realize this sounds melodramatic or exaggerated. It isn’t. In fact, no words can fully convey the intensity of the mental anguish from which I suffered. I would complain to others I had ‘terrible pain in my head’, neither physical nor …

Hypnosis : Why Some Throw Baby Out With Bathwater

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Unfortunately, in the past, hypnosis and hypnotherapy have received bad press. Why is this? There are, perhaps, three main reasons : – Stage hypnotists who claim they are using ‘hypnosis’ to induce volunteers from the audience to do absurd, degrading and demeaning things – in fact, such behaviour is more likely to be play-acting or …

Why Some Individuals ‘Bounce Back’ And Thrive After Trauma

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  I have already published many articles on this site showing how significant and protracted trauma during childhood can lead to the development of a complex form of post-traumatic stress disorder in later life. But some ‘bounce back’ and even go on to thrive. Interest in post-traumatic stress disorder really took off in the 1980s …

Effects Of Emotionally Neglectful And Unresponsive Parents On The Child

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  I have my own experience of emotionally neglectful and unresponsive parents; they parents divorced when I was eight and I spent much time between then and the age of thirteen acting as my mother’s ‘psychological counselor.’ As I have written about elsewhere, she even referred to me as her ‘Little Psychiatrist.’ As I have …

Social Learning Theory And Childhood Maltreatment.

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Albert Bandura developed a theory known as SOCIAL LEARNING THEORY during the 1960s which stated that we learn our behaviours through interacting with and observing, those around us. And, of course, when we are children, our parents are particularly influential upon which particular ways of behaving we develop. If parents maltreat their children over an …

The ‘Still Face’ Experiment: The Importance Of The Mother-Child Bond.

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  As newborn babies, we enter the world ‘hard-wired’ (i.e. neurologically predisposed) and driven to form a powerful bond with our primary carer. How well the quality of this bond (which psychologists normally refer to as ‘attachment’) develops has a critical impact on the infant’s psychological and emotional development. Indeed, if the manner in which …