Consequences of invalidating environments

What are the symptoms of borderline personality disorder and how frequently does this disorder occur? Why is it called "borderline" personality disorder? It has been said that this is the diagnosis most feared by mental health professionals. It results in what could be called a sensitive nervous system. An invalidating environment refers to a situation in which the child's feelings and statements about feelings are disregarded or labeled as wrong or invalid.

Linehan believes that this is a biological predisposition that can arise either from genetic factors or from events occurring in the womb before birth or both.

Received Date: June 16, 2015 Accepted Date: August 19, 2015 Published Date: August 26, 2015 Citation: Valentin M, Sasha M, Theodora M, Cecilia M, Chrysostome ZJ, et al.

Results: Only maternal invalidation was positively correlated with severity of BPD symptoms.

If you watch closely, you will see the person being invalidated flinch, withdraw, or become defensive. It is abusive, and it occurs outside of most people’s consciousness. He will feel emotions, be afraid of them, and repress them.

Most individuals don’t know that they are causing harm. A 3-year old boy is crying because he skinned his elbow falling off his tricycle. The girl that was interested in him will find him cold, aloof and emotionally unavailable. This pattern repeats itself in adulthood, leading to Dad, the three-year-old 20 years ago, now telling his boy to man up and stop being a sissy.

Thus, acceptance and warmth from caregivers can mitigate accumulative damage to children from neglect, abuse, and conflict otherwise present in the social environment (Stepp et al., 2012).

Since nothing can be done to change the particular genetic vulnerabilities of children who are born to mothers with BPD, future researchers would be prudent to concentrate on the modification of parenting practices in order to intervene environmentally (Herr, Hammen, & Brennan, 2008).


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