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"Risk Factors And Borderline Personality"

Learn The Risk Factors That Predispose Toward Developing Borderline Personality

By Michael Weisz

 

Personality disorders have a wide variety of underlying causes, factors that maintain and perpetuate them, and inherited factors that predispose toward having them when certain invalidating conditions are also present.

Specifically in Borderline Personality Disorder or BPD, there are a number of inherited factors, early home environment factors, and cultural factors.

The Inherited Factors

- Increased Emotional Reactivity - makes a person susceptible to more intense emotional responses when dealing with average stressors compared to people with average emotional reactivity.

The increased emotional reactivity is not caused by any brain damages or neuro-physiological impairments.

It is rather an expression of natural diversity: there are people with blue, black, hazel, or green eyes, and similarly there are people with low, average, and high emotional reactivity.

- Above Average IQ - Highly intelligent people are inclined to analyze everything to the smallest details.

Although a brilliant mind represents a great value in school, at work, or in science, it can make your life a living hell IF you come with a self-defeating programming from childhood.

- Being a Woman - Scientific researches and statistics have found that three quarters of the diagnosed BPD sufferers are women.

Specific female traits and hormonal factors like emotionality, hormonal changes, and higher risk for physical and sexual abuses due to weaker muscles render women to be more exposed toward developing borderline personality compared to men.

An interesting aspect is that narcissistic personality has very similar risk and causing factors to BPD, BUT three quarters of the diagnosed narcissistic personality cases are found in men.

Presently there is a general tendency in male population to develop borderline personality more frequently than before due to several physical, hormonal, and socio-economic factors.

Some researches are suggesting that stress make men become feminine. Sedentary work don't stimulate the production of male hormones like testosterone, making more and more present day men become less manly physically, hormonally, and emotionally. Also, more and more boys are raised by single mothers, thus they might miss male models emotionally and behaviorally. 

However, not all people having these inherited traits develop BPD, and not all people who don't have these inherited traits remain immune against BPD. In other words, these inherited traits do not cause borderline personality. They rather predispose one toward developing BPD IF one or more of the next factors are also present.

The Early Home Environment

Scientific studies have shown that BPD sufferers have grown up in subjugating, emotionally depriving, punitive, or unsafe and unstable families.

These families fail consistently to provide their children with the essential safe ground, emotional support, care, and understanding children need in order to develop healthy emotions and a high self-esteem.

Do you feel that your parents or other significant adults, who should have been the closest people in your life and most fervent supporters, were nothing close to that? Do you feel like they have always had something against you?

If your answer is yes to either of these questions, it means that you had to grow up in an invalidating home environment that has a high risk of inducing the development of borderline personality.

The Cultural Factors

BPD is far more prevalent in western society where nuclear families and the individual being part of a wider community are no longer seen as important.

Our species have developed in social groups where the community was far more important than the individual. Our brain is practically the same as ten thousand years ago, so we carry in our psychology a deep need for interaction with other people, for joint experiences, and for a commune kind of life.

Individuality and competition specific in western societies are going against these deeply rooted human needs. Moreover, many times western people have no one to go to for help and comfort, other than family members or a few friends who are also very busy with their lives and careers.

Usually BPD is first diagnosed during the first years of young adulthood, between the ages of 18 and 22, after a long "incubation" period of many years. 

For this reason, the therapeutic process needs to be structured and to unfold over several weeks. Accessing a deep transformation process that is structured, systematic, and it is implemented in a consistent manner, the mental and emotional changes happen fast and remain stable over time.

Remember, just because your childhood was painful and invalidating, it doesn't mean that you are a "bad" person. In fact, no behavior or treatment done by anyone to you cannot set or decide your "badness" or worth. Ever! For the simple reason that your value as a human was given to you by the Creator at birth. You are worthy just because you are alive!

In my program "Borderline Personality Begone!" I first go into explaining in details the development process of borderline personality and translate this information into examples you can relate to.

This step is key because it practically explains with simple words and concepts what is going on with you. This section also represents the preparation phase for what comes in the next sections - your total mental and emotional transformation toward the balanced, harmonious, and mature personality.

BPD can be healed successfully by eliminating its causes and perpetuating factors, and by replacing them with specific mental and emotional structures that generate self-esteem, self-love, self-respect, and general well being.

For more info, go here: "Borderline Personality Begone!"


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