What Drunk Monkeys Can Teach Us About Effects Of Early Life Stress

  A study conducted by Higley et al., 1991 involving twenty-two rhesus monkeys (all aged 50 months) was set up to investigate if their early life experience affected their alcohol consumption. The twenty-two monkeys were split into two groups of eleven: GROUP ONE (also known as the PEER-REARED GROUP): The eleven monkeys that made up …

Studies Suggest Altruism Linked To Your Particular Early Life Attachment Style

A study carried out by Shaver and Mikulincer sought to establish if there existed a link between a person’s attachment style and the degree to which they were altruistic (measured, in this research, by the person’s willingness to participate in volunteering activities / the motivation behind such willingness). There are 4 adult attachment styles corresponding …

Beliefs Instilled In Early Life Change Our Biology And Gene Expression

    Bruce Lipton PhD, author of the book ‘The Biology of Belief’ proposes that our perception of our environment affects how our genes express themselves and this proposal is backed up by experimental data. For example, if we grow up in an environment which we perceive to be threatening and are chronically exposed to …

Why BPD Sufferers Often See Others As Malevolent

This article is based on ‘Object Relations Theory’ (Fairbairn, 1952). which places crucial importance upon interpersonal relationships, most of all interfamilial relationships, especially between the mother and the child. The theory, in particular, concerns itself with how we develop. in our early lives, inner, mental images of ourselves and others and how these images affect …

Three Important Theories On Why Some Develop BPD And Others Do Not.

  Although most people who are diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) report having experienced childhood trauma, this is not invariably the case (although, of course, just because a person does not report having suffered childhood trauma does not mean s/he didn’t experience it. For example, s/he could be in denial, may have suppressed or …

Reducing Risk Of Intergenerational Transmission Of BPD

A study conducted by Stepp et al. (2012) adds further evidence in support of the theory that children of mothers with borderline personality disorder (BPD) are at increased risk of developing their own psychosocial problems (i.e. impaired mental health and difficulties relating to social interaction). The authors of the study acknowledge that, to some extent, …