DBT assumes analysis and insight of problems are not enough. Therefore, problem solving strategies go beyond simply understanding the origins of problems and focus on active attempts to develop a plan for making change.
These strategies address specific problems that come up in everyday life.
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A recent article in National Geographic got me thinking about what traits are inborn and which personality characteristics are learned from our environment.
In the article, wild foxes were bred over several generations to be as human-friendly as dogs.
Are humans like foxes? With the right combination of genes over a period of generation are we capable of drastic changes in our behavior and nature? Is it genetics that cause some to struggle with addiction or engage in self-harming behavior? Continue reading “Is Your Emotional Sensitivity Nature or Nurture?” »
When you’re feeling miserable, you might wish all emotions away. It’s sometimes appealing to imagine an absence of anguish and the irritability, lethargy and emptiness that go along with it.
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The lives of people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) can appear contradictory and chaotic. They are frequently highly emotional and have difficulty regulating the expression of their emotions, which leads them to feel out-of-control. However, they often don’t trust their emotional responses and have high, unattainable expectations for themselves. At one moment, they may be desperate for help and want to give up, while at others they are seemingly skilled and capable. Often, people with BPD experience constant stress with immediate and extreme emotional reactions, but they hold back the expression of grief and sadness.
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