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For many who are diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, as well those who are family members, loved ones, ex or relationship partners (non borderlines) of someone with Borderline Personality Disorder, BPD can be a complex enigma that isn't well understood.

An enigma is a mystery; a perplexing and usually
ambiguous statement or riddle; a perplexing or baffling or inexplicable
matter or person. To more people than not Borderline Personality is an
enigma.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is diagnosed with an individual meets a minimum of 5 out of 9 detailed
characteristics (personality traits). BPD Defined and to make matters more complicated the traits that delineate
BPD are also found in the general population (non-personality-disordered-healthy people). The distinguishing factor
as to whether someone is has BPD or not is the presentation of the number of traits along with the duration and
intensity to which they are observable (and experienced).

Despite all that is known about BPD it seems that
there is equally as much that remains an enigma. BPD is still largely
misunderstood by clinicians, therapists, those around people with BPD
and to some degree by borderlines themselves. However, as more people
recover and as we tell everyone else what we've experienced and endured
in the living, from the inside out, of a borderline existence, I think
slowly more is being revealed and understood continually about BPD.

A very obvious dichotomy present in the lives of
non-borderlines in relationships with or to borderlines, and many
borderlines, themselves, is the gap that exists between intellect and
emotion.
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© A.J. Mahari 2000-2008


A.J. Mahari is a Life Coach who, among other
things, specializes in working with those with BPD and non borderlines. A.J. has 5 years experience as a Life Coach and has worked with hundreds of clients from all over the world.


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H.O.P.E. For Borderline Personality Disorder – Enigma Revealed and Understood