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Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change


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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by unstable moods, negative self-image, dangerous impulsivity, and tumultuous relationships. Many people with BPD excel in academics and careers while revealing erratic, self-destructive, and sometimes violent behavior only to those with whom they are intimate. Others have trouble simply holding down a job or staying in school.

Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder is a compassionate and informative guide to understanding this profoundly unsettling--and widely misunderstood--mental illness, believed to affect approximately 6% of the general population. Rather than viewing people with BPD as manipulative opponents in a bitter struggle, or pitying them as emotional invalids, Valerie Porr cites cutting-edge science to show that BPD is a true neurobiological disorder and not, as many come to believe, a character flaw or the result of bad parenting. Porr then clearly and accessibly explains what BPD is, which therapies have proven effective, and how to rise above the weighty stigma associated with the disorder. Offering families and loved ones supportive guidance that both acknowledges the difficulties they face and shows how they can be overcome, Porr teaches empirically-supported and effective coping behaviors and interpersonal skills, such as new ways of talking about emotions, how to be aware of nonverbal communication, and validating difficult experiences. These skills are derived from Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mentalization-based Therapy, two evidence-based treatments that have proven highly successful in reducing family conflict while increasing trust. Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder is an empowering and hopeful resource for those who wish to gain better understanding of the BPD experience--and to make use of these insights in day-to-day family interactions.

Winner of the ABCT Self Help Book Seal of Merit Award 2011

About the Author

Valerie Porr, M.A., is a mental health educator and advocate trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and the founder and president of the Treatment and Research Advancements National Association for Personality Disorder (TARA NAPD). She conducts psycho-educational training seminars for family members of those with BPD in New York and elsewhere.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1

Loving Someone with BPD: The Family Experience

Chapter 2

The Science of Borderline Personality Disorder

Chapter 3

The Principles of Behavior Change

Chapter 4

Understanding Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Chapter 5

Understanding and Applying Validation

Chapter 6


Chapter 7

Grieving and Radical Acceptance

Chapter 8

DBT Skills for Behavior Change: Interpersonal Relationships, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance

Chapter 9

Mentalization: Understanding misunderstandings

Chapter 10

Putting It All Together: Integrating Skills for Acceptance and Change

Afterword: For Clinicians





1. A Voice for the Voiceless: Validating Families of People with BPD

2. The Juggler: Reframing BPD - An Overview of Neurobiology of the Disorder

3. How Do You Change Behavior

4. Validation: Talking to the Amygdala

5. How to Speak Emotion: What are Emotions - Learning the Language of BPD

6. Radical Acceptance and Grieving

7. Understanding DBT

8. Mindfulness and DBT Coping Skills

9. Is DBT enough? Understanding Mentalization

10. Putting it All Together: How to Do the DBT Dance

11. Collaborating for Change: What Clinicians Need to Know

12. Advocacy


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Porr, Valerie
Oxford University Press, USA
Foreword by:
Dimeff, Linda A.
Valerie Porr, M.A.
null, Valerie
Porr, Valerie, M.A.
Porr, M.A. Valerie
Clinical Psychology
Psychopathology - General
Psychology - Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
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