Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Trait Characteristics,  icon of borderline behavior,


Borderline Trait Characteristics


Borderline disorder belongs to Cluster B: there is extroversion, amplified or unpredictable emotionality.


  • Instability of self-image 
  • Variations in mood, affect, behavior and interpersonal relationships 
  • Severe self-esteem deficit
  • Marked impulsivity in behaviors 
  • Ambivalence in feelings towards self and others
  • Frequent fluctuations: joy-sadness, love-hate, serenity-anger 
  • Depression and anger alternate  
  • Drastic changes in the vision of the world and of others.
  • Tendency to self-injury, to neutralize psychic pain 

* It is called borderline since the mid-twentieth century, because it was believed to be on the borderline between psychosis and neurosis.

* It is the cause of important problems in interpersonal relationships. It becomes more evident in the first adult age and tends to alleviate with the passage of the years.

* It affects mainly women (75%).

* People often think that they have suffered deprivation of care in their childhood and seek constant attention. 

* Prevalence varies between 1.6 and 5.9% of the general population.



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Source (in Spanish): Wenceslao Vial, Madurez psicológica y espiritual, Palabra.



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