Why do people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) find rejection so painful - and what can they do to cope?
Ph.D. Susan Krauss writes on Psychology Today about new research on those with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Researchers say that those with borderline personality disorder have difficulty controlling their emotions - and this may stem from the way they react to rejection.
Tiny roadblocks can be misconstrued as adamant rejection. For example, someone with BPD may apply for a job online, receive an email stating that their “request is being processed” and take that response as instant rejection - and then they experience all the negative emotions that come from that.
These emotions can lead to brash reactions of lashing out - and these types of reactions can keep someone with BPD from achieving their goals and living a healthy life.
Kraus summarizes, “it’s helpful to know that people who have, or could develop, borderline personality disorder could be encouraged both to look at potential rejection more realistically and to control their “hot” mistaken assumptions. The findings of this study are in keeping with principles of therapy for individuals with this disorder, suggesting that cognitive—and hence, emotional—control may very well be possible.”
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