Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – Interpersonal Effectiveness (Part one – an overview)


Originally posted on Life after BPD:

Please note: All handouts are courtesy of Marsha Linehan, in her book “Skills Training Manual for the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder”. She retains the copyright.

As I now have a little more time on my hands I am resurrecting my review of the book “Skills Training Manual for treating Borderline Personality Disorder” by Marsha Linehan.

This blog post is a discussion on chapter 8, on interpersonal effectiveness (an area I struggle most with!). It will be broken down into several parts, as you will see.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Interpersonal effectiveness skills can be described as not being a standalone module, rather that they also stretch over the other modules of DBT (Core mindfulness, emotional regulation and distress tolerance). A lot of borderlines do have good interpersonal skills, they just have trouble working out how to apply them, and DBT helps with this. Interpersonal effectiveness helps the borderline to be effective…

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BPD Proud Pics!


I saw some people posting pics on Facebook saying that they had BPD and were not ashamed.  I thought I’d do it on my own Page and invited others to post their pics or message them to me to do for them.  I was overwhelmed by the number of pictures I received in my Inbox and posted to the Page.  I am so glad that people are coming forward to help eliminate the stigma of BPD!  We even had some male contributors!  They are all so brave!  If you would like to check it out, I’ve created an album of the pics that were sent to my Inbox.  You can check it out here:

BPD Proud

I will be updating and adding to this album in the future.

Here is my picture:

BPD Proud Joyce

Should I Post This?


I always try to bring you guys the newest articles and blog posts.  But there are some great ones that are a few years old but are still very relevant.  Especially heartfelt blog posts.

Should I post these even though they may be a little out of date but still relevant?

Thanks for commenting below,

– Joyce.

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BPD Voices Project: Open Letter to those I love


Originally posted on BPD Pieces of Me:

Letter to my friends, loved ones, fellow artists, fans, and anyone who has ever cared for me,
Sometimes I wish I could open up to people. I wish I wasn’t such a private person, that I didn’t have 5 million more thoughts than I voice. I wish that it wasn’t exhausting for me just thinking about all the people who care for me, who possibly feel that I neglect them, or worry because they’re never in the loop.
I do think about you all, you occur to me, as selfish as I may seem at times. Sometimes I may even be unreliable. Interpersonal relationships are such a double-edged sword for me. I want your love and support, but I fear your judgement and at times the dialogues I project in my head are so exhausting they leave me unable to speak, sometimes for fear of how you may judge me…

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