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Identity Disturbance is one of the possible criteria of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Sufferers often report not feeling a strong sense of self, an
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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