Vincent van Gogh, Branches of an Almond Tree in Blossom (Interpretation in Red), 1890
the sky bled down & we
were running, smiling wide
with our arms raised. Not afraid
of anything ever. The way
days pass & we end up
under covers, socks pulled
to our knees. The way I bruise
without touching anything. The way
you forgot my birthday & brought me
flowers for no reason. Everything
is so convenient. We grow
teeth without trying.
-Blaise Aguirre and Gillian Galen, “BPD and Symptoms Not in the DSM,” Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder
More specifically, it’s that people with BPD are quicker to pick up on potential signs of an emotion, not necessarily the emotion itself. This can be especially tricky when the person with BPD also experiences paranoia and related symptoms. A yawn or a glance out the window could be interpreted as annoyance, boredom, wanting to leave, secret hatred, etc etc etc when really the other person is just tired, or something outside caught their eye.
…and this is why I really need to look into MBT (Mentalization Based Treatment, which focuses on this specific symptom).(via seatentsina)