Splitting: Effects Of BPD Parent Seeing The Child Only In Terms Of ‘All Good’ Or ‘All Bad’.

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The BPD Parent And The Child Parents with borderline personality disorder (BPD) – click here to read one of my articles on signs that a parent may have BPD- have a pronounced tendency to project – click here to read one of my articles ‘projection and other defense mechanisms – aspects of their own self-view …

Identity Problems In BPD Linked To Inability To Mentally ‘Time Travel’

According to Gold et al. (2017), one of the underpinning reasons for a person with BPD to suffer from identity issues and a lack of a stable sense of self stem partly from a disrupted episodic memory making it harder for them to mentally revisit the past (Gold et al.  refer to this problem as …

Metacognitive Therapy For Borderline Personality Disorder And Other Conditions

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931-word article METACOGNITIVE THERAPY (MCT) Metacognitive therapy (MCT) was developed by Dr. Adrian Wells and Dr. Gerald Matthews in the early 1990s.  It shares elements in common with but is distinct from, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). The main difference is that whilst CBT concentrates upon the negative CONTENT of a person’s thoughts and strives to alter that …

‘Accepting Feelings Of Anxiety Reduces Mental Pain And Suffering

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      802-word article What Happens When We Don’t Accept Anxiety But, Instead, Try To Fight And Struggle Against It? Trying to fight anxiety, research suggests (and, certainly, my own experience of anxiety would tend to confirm this) can actually AGGRAVATE the problem and lead to greater feelings of distress. Stating the shatteringly obvious, none of …

Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy Audios For Relief Of Mental Pain

My Personal Experience Of Pain: The pain I experienced was not wholly physical or wholly mental but something in between. This is perhaps not surprising as both physical and mental pain are processed by the same brain regions, so emotional and physical pain are closely interrelated.  Maddeningly, such pain is extremely difficult to articulate. So, …

Triangulation: When Parents Use The Child As A ‘Go-Between.’

Sometimes in situations where there is discord between the two parents in a marriage or partnership and, as a result, a breakdown in communication. Such breakdowns in communication may occur, for example, because the parents aren’t speaking to each other due to animosity or because they are living geographically apart the child may be used …

Childhood Emotional Abuse Link To Adult Chronic Pain

Research conducted by  Kascakova et al. (2020) suggests that if we experience emotional abuse as a child this significantly increases our risk of suffering from a chronic pain condition as an adult. But why should this be? According to Talley et al., (1998) one possibility is that childhood trauma increases the risk of individuals developing …

Do Alternative And Complimentary Therapy For PTSD Work?

A systematic review conducted by Wahbey et al.and published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine was carried out in order to assess the effectiveness of various complementary and alternative therapies for PTSD using Natural-Standard evidence-based, validated grading rationale. The following complementary and alternative therapies were assessed: REPETITIVE TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION ACUPUNCTURE HYPNOTHERAPY …

Integrating Parts Of Brain And Body To Resolve Trauma

Siegel (2012), an internationally renowned neuroscientist, in what many regard as a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy, has made use of the most recent neuroscientific technologies and new insights and knowledge relating to interpersonal neurobiology to help individuals suffering from the effects of trauma to develop various healing qualities such as compassion, well-being, resilience and kindness …

Why Do Some Parents Publicly Shame Their Children?

774-word article I remember when I was very young, perhaps 4 or 5 years old, my mother would shame me in public for anything i did that she considered a transgression, by threatening to take down my trousers and spank me. This would have been in the 1970s when attitudes towards child maltreatment were more …

Does Parental Clinical ‘Overvaluation’ Of Their Child Create A Narcissist?

Freud first introduced the concept of parental ‘overvaluation’. ‘Overvaluation’ is a clinical term used by psychologists and it can be defined as parental behavior that encourages the child to believe s/he is more entitled than others, superior to them, and entitled to privileges denied to others. Such parents will frequently over praise their children, overclaim …

Homophobic Parents And Effects On Their LGBTIQ+ Child

939-word article Whilst homosexuality was legalized in the UK in 1967 and attitudes towards gay people are far better than they were, there still exists homophobia in society, and that society includes, of course, parents. Indeed, according to the Human Rights Survey, about 25 percent of LGBTIQ+ youth regard the most major problem in their …

How We View Our Childhood Trauma Crucial To Our Mental Health

478 word article Is it what happens to us in childhood that affects our mental health or is it how we PERCEIVE what happened to us as being the crucial factor? To help answer this question a study was undertaken by Danese and Widom (2020) The study involved  two groups: GROUP ONE: 908 individuals who …

Does Dwelling On Past Worsen Depression Linked To Childhood Trauma?

604 word article A study (Wang et al.) published in the Journal Of Psychiatric Research has found that symptoms of clinical depression (also referred to as major depressive disorder, abbreviated to MDD) are exacerbated in those who have suffered childhood trauma but only if they also have a tendency to dwell on the past at …

Severity Of BPD Symptoms And Human Touch Negatively Correlated.

Research (Field, 2010)  suggests that the severity of borderline personality disorder (BPD) symptoms and human touch are negatively correlated. In other words, those suffering from severe symptoms of BPD experience less physical contact with other human beings than do ‘BPD sufferers with less severe symptoms (all else being equal). This finding provides further evidence in …

4 Types Of Borderline Mother : Witch, Hermit, Waif And Queen.

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    For those of us who grew up with mothers who suffered from a borderline personality disorder (BPD), our childhoods were often painful and anguished. We found ourselves living in a world that was contradictory and confusing; it is likely that we suffered chronic anxiety as we did not know how our mother would …