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Borderline behaviour is often compared to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by those who aren't
borderline and experience BPD behaviour from the outside. Is this really a fair and meaningful comparison?
What is this comparison trying to illuminate? Is it helpful to non borderlines wanting to better understand BPD?

In Robert Louis Stevenson's classic book "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" Jekyll believed that the
soul is made up of two separate distinctions: evil and the good. People who are diagnosed with Borderline Personality
Disorder often present its manifestations within the context of relating to others.

Those with BPD think in
cognitively distorted polarized black-and-white, all-or-nothing ways that play out the essential defense mechanism
of splitting.

Splitting, in Borderline Personality Disorder, is the result of the borderline's constant consistent inconsistency in shifting between the idealization of others and the devaluation of others.
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© A.J. Mahari

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.

BPD: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?