Why People with Borderline Personality Cut Others Out of Their Lives

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a widely misunderstood mental health condition that is frequently confused with bipolar disorder. In reality, it is a completely different type of mental illness. Take a few moments to read the facts below to gain a better understanding of borderline personality disorder and the people who suffer from it.

  1. Borderline personality disorder frequently causes symptoms such as extreme mood swings and uncertainty about how a person perceives themselves and others.
  2. People with BPD frequently have other mental health issues.
  3. Due to a combination of intense emotions and impulsivity, people with BPD are at an increased risk of self-harm and suicide.
  4. Although there is no single cause of BPD, experts believe that many key risk factors are involved.
  5. It can be difficult for a person with BPD to trust their therapist, but that bond is frequently essential to recovery.
  6. People with BPD can be empathetic and lovely individuals
  7. Unstable Relationships
  8. Impulsivity
  9. Self-Harm or Suicide Behaviors
  10. Feelings of Emptiness
  11. Intense Anger and Aggressive Behavior
  12. Stress-Related Dissociative States

Previous research has shown that removing a large number of people from one’s life has a negative impact in a variety of ways.

From an evolutionary standpoint, having a high number of social estrangements may have serious implications for one’s survival.

According to a new study, borderline personality traits are a major predictor of the number of estrangements in one’s life.

Borderline Personality and Social Relationships:

Throughout development, human personality is highly malleable and can take many different paths. Borderline personality disorder is one of the major personality disorders attributed to developmental problems. It is characterized by a tendency to quickly and often unpredictably oscillate between love and hatred for others, poor emotional regulation, and continuous problems in interpersonal relationships.

People with borderline personality tendencies frequently experience significant social difficulties. And they have a tendency to cause troubles in otherwise harmonious social contexts.

The Evolutionary Psychology of Estrangements and Borderline Personality”:

Previous research on this topic discovered that the number of people from whom one is completely estranged is related to consequences such as poor social support, unhappy attachments to others, depressive tendencies, and a dark strategy for dealing with others. In short, the number of estrangements one has in life appears to be a universal predictor of poor psychological and social functioning.

From an evolutionary standpoint, it makes perfect sense that people who have a lot of estrangements have a lot of other problems in life. After all, for the vast majority of human evolutionary history, we lived in small, close-knit groups of no more than 150 people. Others in your nomadic clan were people you’d have to deal with and rely on for the rest of your life. And having serious negative relationships with even a small number of them—severe enough to result in lifelong estrangements—would have undoubtedly had long-term negative effects that could have jeopardized one’s survival and/or reproductive outcomes. Acknowledging predictors of social estrangements, from this perspective, is essential to understanding factors that affect human welfare and mental health.

According to the findings of the current study, borderline tendencies are a large and significant predictor of the number of estrangements in one’s life. These findings have significant consequences for the development of borderline personality disorder as well as the role of social estrangements in mental health.

Bottom Line:

Social estrangements can cause havoc at both the individual and community levels. As a result, humans have evolved to be extremely sensitive to issues involving estrangement. Better understand the predictors of social estrangement aids in understanding the emotional factors that underpin overall mental health.

Borderline tendencies were considerably and substantially predictive of the number of estrangements in one’s life among a set of personality traits.

Those with borderline personality characteristics may benefit from a better understanding of the negative effects of estrangements on well-being. Perhaps such an understanding will lead to beneficial self-awareness, which will have future social and emotional benefits.

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