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Re: happyflower

Posted by Dinah on June 27, 2006, at 15:56:37

In reply to Re: Dinah, posted by happyflower on June 27, 2006, at 14:12:49

I had the study bookmarked but I'm having computer problems right now. I feel like I'm posting with one hand tied behind my back.

I think this is it.

I think it's Linehan's theory that borderline personality disorder involves quick emotional arousal and a slow return to baseline. Of course, there are probably different ways people have of compensating for that, and the deciding factor in people choosing the group of behavioral characteristics known as BPD depends more on nurture, as I read what she writes. The chronically invalidating environment.

Just like there are lots of ways that people deal with anxiety. While some might withdraw and avoid, others might try to control their environment (OCPD) to reduce the anxiety.

I think they may have linked antisocial personality disorder, or whatever it's called now, to a underfunctioning adrenaline system? Could be wrong about that. But clearly there are many ways to compensate for that. And your environment might contribute to rather you become a sociopath or a daredevil (without sociopath tendencies) or a entrepreneur (without sociopath tendencies).

And of course the developmental psychologists make a pretty good case for a biologically based environmental cause for distress in that proper neural connections weren't made at the proper time, and that therapy can compensate for that with actual biological changes. I'm not that familiar with the theory so I may be botching it.

It's been a while since I looked at any of this, and my memory may be faulty in many ways, as may my understanding be.

But I think I prefer thinking of personality disorders with a bit more hope than some clinicians do.




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