Tag Archives: Identity Disturbance

BPD and The Chameleon Effect

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 and BPD

Another great post from Debbie Corso on Identity Disturbance and finding a sense of self:


Who am i borderline personality disorder and identity problems

Identity Disturbance and 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

Shapeshifting Chameleons and BPD

Shapeshifting Chameleons and BPD.

Tracing the rainbow through the Rain: Knowing Who I am – the Crux of the Matter

Tracing the rainbow through the Rain: Knowing Who I am – the Crux of the Matter.

Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers: Who was I?

Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers: Who was I?.

HealingFromBPD.org: Identity Issues and BPD

HealingFromBPD.org: Identity Issues and BPD.

Please, Please Don’t Leave Me!…The Borderline’s Plea

The Constant Identity Crisis


Identity Disturbance

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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Identity Disturbance


My Experience with BPD and HPD Part 1


The Chameleon Effect and BPD

Oustalet's Chameleon, Ambalavao, Madagascar Fr...

Oustalet’s Chameleon, Ambalavao, Madagascar Français : Caméléon d’Oustalet (Furcifer oustaleti), Ambalavao, Madagascar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Chameleon Effect and BPD.