The term DISTRESS INTOLERANCE refers to a frame of mind in which we consider the mental pain, anguish or discomfort we are experiencing to be UTTERLY INTOLERABLE AND UNBEARABLE so that we become frantic and desperate to avoid it/escape it.
The emotions we feel unable to tolerate usually belong to three main categories; these are:
- Emotions connected to sadness (such as depression, shame and guilt)
- Emotions connected to fear (such as dread, anxiety and terror)
- Emotions connected to anger (such as hatred, rage and frustration)
Those who have suffered severe childhood trauma, especially if, as a result, they have gone on to develop Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), tend to feel emotions