Only Attracted To Those Who Won’t Reciprocate Your Feelings?

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  If, as children, we grew up with parents who we perceived as not reciprocating our love we may, as adults, come to equate love with the feeling of a desperate longing for what we believe we ‘know’ (at least on an unconscious level) we will never receive (i.e. unconditional love for who we fundamentally …

‘Acquired Callousness’ In Young People Is Not The Same As Psychopathy

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A recent study conducted at the University of Vermont and published in the Journal Of Child Abnormal Psychology by psychological researchers Gill and Stickle (2016) suggests that those in the medical profession who are prone to see young people displaying certain characteristics and behaviours as nascent psychopaths may not properly appreciate the complexities involved in …

The Emotional Regulation System And Its Three Subsystems

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  Our emotional regulation system determines how well we are able to control our emotions and neuroscientific studies strongly suggest that there are three subsystems in the brain that comprise this system; these three systems are as follows : The Three Subsystems That Make Up The Brain’s Emotional Regulation System : THE THREAT SYSTEM THE …

Emotional Shutdown, Repression And Their Link To Childhood Trauma

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  Do you ever feel you have entered a state of ’emotional shutdown’? How we were treated as children by our parents/primary carers will inevitably, of course, have given rise to powerful emotions. For those who experienced a stable and affectionate upbringing, most of these emotions will be positive, the most obvious being love. However, …

Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs, Posttraumatic Growth And Achieving ‘Self-Actualization’

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The concept of posttraumatic growth hinges on the idea that, although suffering trauma can be devastating, some individuals not only merely survive their traumatic experiences, but go on to achieve a higher level of personal development than they would have been able to obtain had these traumatic experiences not occurred in their lives. According to …

Linehan’s Biological Vulnerability Model Of BPD

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579-word article. Linehan (1993) proposes that various biological aberrations contribute to borderline personality disorder (BPD) which causes sufferers great difficulty controlling (regulating) their emotions. Linehan described this impaired ability to regulate emotions as consisting of three key factors : Three Key Factors Contributing To Impaired Self-Regulation Of Emotions : 1) Heightened emotional sensitivity (particularly in …

Trauma Linked To Social Anxiety, Self-Consciousness And Isolation

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  Childhood Trauma And Social Isolation: If, as a result of our childhood trauma, we develop, in adulthood, mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder or complex post-traumatic stress disorder, we are at greater risk than average of becoming socially isolated. Indeed, I have written elsewhere on this site about how, for several …

BPD Sufferers Likely To View Life As Meaningless

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Research carried out by Wiley et al. has found that psychiatric patients suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD) have felt that life lacks meaning to a greater degree than do those who are suffering from mental disordersĀ other thanĀ borderline personality disorder. A separate study confirmed this finding by demonstrating that feeling that life HAS meaning is …