Borderline personality dating

Both narcissists and borderlines lack the self-awareness of an “observing ego”.

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The DSM 5 classifications list ten types of personality disorder, two of which are “Borderline personality disorder” and “Narcissistic personality disorder”. Preoccupied with fantasies of success, beauty, or achievement.

The common descriptions make them appear to be quite distinct: Borderline personality disorder: Unpredictable, manipulative, unstable. Sees self as admirable and superior, and therefore entitled to special treatment.

It has only been in my lifetime that this understanding of problems related to childhood disruptions in attachment and individuation have come to be seen as in fact quite treatable.

And the treatment technique for borderline personality disorder called Dialectical Behavior Therapy is well established and heavily evidence based. Sees self and others alternatively as all-good and all-bad. People with borderline personality disorder has a persuasive pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships.[27] Narcissistic personality disorder: Egotistical, arrogant, grandiose, insouciant.

Leaving aside the question of whether you should stick around, and assuming instead that you see some value in this person, you may be wondering whether they are exhibiting signs of a personality disorder.

And if you think they are, you may begin to speculate as to whether the person is a narcissist or a borderline.

This results from poor or incomplete individuation.

Healthy and secure separation from parents or caregivers means coming to see oneself as an independent being.

The borderline attaches to another person who may be seen as a potential of savior.

The other person is necessary in order for the borderline to feel safe from abandonment and to fill a void.

Dear future lover, Like my identity, my emotions can flip.

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