Tag Archives: Identity Disturbance
As you may have noticed, I have been thinking a lot lately about Identity Disturbance and Sense of Self lately. Here is a great article that describes the “Chameleon Effect” in Borderline Personality Disorder:
Identity Disturbance is one of the possible criteria of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Sufferers often report not feeling a strong sense of self, an
Source: Identity Disturbance and Borderline Personality Disorder
The Bernard Bert
I found this on the BPD Community Facebook page and thought it did a pretty good job at deciphering the identity disturbance that we experience. I’ve copied and pasted below, but here is a link too: https://www.facebook.com/notes/borderline-personality-disorder-community/identity-disturbance-markedly-and-persistently-unstable-self-image-or-sense-of-s/417720538350830
Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self image or sense of self.
“Identity disturbance has many different aspects/features making it a very complexed issue even if it is a lone problem, but with the added factor of other BPD symptoms, it can be an overwhelming and complicated thing to understand and deal with!
In a 2000 study of patients with identity disturbances, Tess Wilkinson-Ryan, and Drew Westen identified four types of identity disturbance:
Role absorption (in which patients tend to define themselves in terms of a single role or cause),
Painful incoherence (a subjective sense of lack of coherence),
Inconsistency (in thought, feeling, and behavior),
Lack of commitment (e.g., to jobs or values).
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Oustalet’s Chameleon, Ambalavao, Madagascar Français : Caméléon d’Oustalet (Furcifer oustaleti), Ambalavao, Madagascar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Chameleon Effect and BPD.
From BPD Central. This article describes the hallmarks of Borderline Personality Disorder, with some great examples to illustrate.
When someone with Borderline Personality Disorder experiences guilt, it’s like a chain of thoughts, each negative thought leading to the next. What looks like a minor thing to an onlooker from the outside makes perfect sense when viewed from the perspective of the BPD sufferer. These thoughts become so ingrained in the Borderline’s brain, that it’s extremely difficult to break these chains. One of the best ways to do this is through Dialectical Behaviour Therapy or DBT.
Many times, these guilty thoughts lead to other negative thoughts and emotions, such as anger or depression. A Quiet Borderline will usually take their negativity out on themselves, whereas other Borderlines will “act out”, raging over seemingly nothing. They can feel very defensive, like they’re being attacked, even with just minor constructive criticism, because they already have all of these guilty thoughts in their head all the time. When you make that comment, it’s like the “straw that broke the camel’s back”. I know for me, all these thoughts lead to the core belief of “I’m not good enough. I’ve never been good enough. I’ll never be good enough. Why do I even bother? What’s the point of even trying? It’s never gonna work out anyway. Nothing ever does. Nothing I ever do is good enough. I don’t look good enough. Everybody hates me. Nobody cares. Life sucks!”
In an upcoming post, I will explore the thought processes and emotions related to guilt in Borderlines through my own experiences. I hope this gives you an idea of where these “outbursts” come from, when they seem to come out of nowhere, so you can better understand us.
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