The Personality Of Borderline Personality Disorder Essay

1328 Words Feb 5th, 2016 6 Pages
I have never been a fan of the glossy, commercialized fairy tales, and I have never been the one to choose the Princess role in a game of make-believe. What I thought was a natural tom-boy resistance to all things sparkly and ethereal was really a rejection of something all too familiar: the servant being verbally abused by her family, the girl locked up in a tower, the daughter sacrificing herself to save her helpless parent. The wolf blowing down my house made of brick wasn’t fictional, she was my mother, and her version of reality was ever-changing. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a mental illness associated with unstable personal relationships, volatile mood changes, eating disorders and rage outbursts. An individual with BPD lacks a clear sense of self, and often projects their behavior onto others. BPDS “split”, which means they see things as all good or bad, black and white, no in-between. Janet Zinn, psychotherapist. says that BPD parents have their own reality, and that can be challenging for a child to navigate in the real world:
“It 's so confusing for a child, because we get our reality in some ways from our parents, and if their reality is skewed, the child is always trying to figure out what is real, what is not real.” In the book, Surviving the Borderline Parent, Kimberlee Roth presents four major personality types: The Witch, The Waif, The Hermit and The Queen. Each fairy tale type personifies the various traits a BPD can possess at any given…

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