Beauty and the Borderline

A Journey towards Integration

Mindfulness with a Bonsai Tree

A guided video meditation practicing observing without judging. Advertisements

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Peer Support is a service I feel is vital to those with BPD.  Most people with BPD tend to self-harm or engage in reckless behaviour when they feel isolated. Having … Continue reading

February 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Emotional Vulnerability of Borderline Personality Disorder

Imagine you have a cut. The skin around your cut heals. But it heals all wrong. The scarred tissue is extra sensitive. So much so that every time you simply … Continue reading

February 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

Distress Tolerance: Wise Mind A.C.C.E.P.T.S.

One thing you learn in DBT — Marsha Linehan sure seems to like acronyms! The first acronym we encounter in Distress Tolerance is “A.C.C.E.P.T.S.” which stands for a whole bunch … Continue reading

February 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

Mindfulness: Awareness of Emotion

An emotion is more than just a feeling.  It is a physiological response comprising not only our experience of “feeling” (anger, sadness, or joy, for example) but the whole body. … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · 4 Comments

[Video] Marsha Linehan: Mindfulness Skills and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Marsha Linehan is funny, engaging, and has many interesting things to say on the roots of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, how mindfulness intersects with Reality Acceptance skills (part of the Distress … Continue reading

February 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Burn of Borderline Personality Disorder

Check out this article on what it’s like to have Borderline Personality Disorder from Mind, a mental health charity in the UK. The burn of borderline personality disorder – Mind … Continue reading

February 3, 2013 · 4 Comments

Distress Tolerance: Introduction

Welcome to DBT Module 2:  Distress Tolerance Skills! (Note:  I am not following the layout in the Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder.  I am following the lessons … Continue reading

February 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

Mindfulness: Notice Your Surroundings

Stop…take a breath…release it slowly and gently…and look around you. Still the running commentary in your mind, and just…notice.  Really see what’s in front of your eyes, hear each noise as if it … Continue reading

February 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

An Open Letter to Non-BPDs from Those of Us with Borderline Personality Disorder

Reblogged from Healing from BPD: Dear Friends, Family Members, Lovers, Ex-lovers, Coworkers, Children, and others of those of us with Borderline Personality Disorder: You may be frustrated, feeling helpless, and … Continue reading

February 2, 2013 · 3 Comments

[Video] Rethinking BPD: A Clinician’s View

Marsha Linehan talks about the history and causes of Borderline Personality Disorder, and how she came up with Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

February 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Meds, Marijuana, and Emotion Management

A couple of days ago the weather turned freakishly warm for a day, and the snow covering everything began to melt.  A low mist clung to the vanishing snow, everywhere … Continue reading

February 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

Core Mindfulness: “How” — Non-judgmentally, One-mindfully, Effectively

“How” skills are meant to be practiced all together at the same time.  To do something mindfully means to do it non-judgmentally, one-mindfully, and effectively. Taking Hold of Your Mind: “How” … Continue reading

January 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Core Mindfulness: “What” — Observe, Describe, Participate

In DBT, mindfulness skills are broken down into two basic categories, “What” skills and “How” skills — “What” to do, and “How” to do it. “What” skills are meant to … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mindfulness: Listen to the Silence

“Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

DUMPED by my Psychiatrist

I had my last appointment with my shrink today, although I didn’t start out knowing that.  I went in with two purposes: One:  On the advice of my DBT therapist, … Continue reading

January 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Hello, My Name Is…Beauty Borderline

Let me introduce myself:  Hello!  I’m Beauty Borderline. Obviously, Beauty Borderline is a pseudonym.  There are a few reasons why I don’t want anyone to know who I really am. … Continue reading

January 24, 2013 · Leave a comment