BPD is a mental disorder (please read AAPEL's federation site). It is therefore "logical" in the diagnosis DSM criterion to highlight the "dysfunctions" of those who suffer from it rather than the opposite (please see shortl AAPEL test)
I feel this vision very "unfair" (even if it is essential from a medical point of view). Unfair because it doesn't show the "positive" side of a BPD person.
I know that it is not really normal practice to define a person suffering from BPD (himself or herself) in a “positive” way (except for some who are in denial or splitting and who are trying to show an "image").
It is precisely for that very reason that I started to seek a positive vision of the borderline disorder , that I have named "emophane"TM..
What does the word "emophane"TM mean?
Therapist founder president of the AAPELTM federation,
book's author "le trouble de la personnalité borderline (victime de ses émotions)"
An emophane person is someone who corresponds to the criteria and canons of emophany.What are the traits of an emophane person (with emophany )?
question does not concern the possible negative consequences of
such traits (it is not always "funny" to be hypersensitive).Nor
does it concern the possible inability to put these traits into
practice because of the disorder, denial or depression. I can for example
be very sensitive inside, but nevertheless give the impression that I'm
as cold as marble... nonetheless, the fact remains that sensitivity in
one of my character traits.
One of the big fears of a BPD person is, in particular, "to lose oneself" in a therapy.(read AAPEL's site)And what would a "borderline" person be without BPD?
Many are those who think (wrongly) that it is their borderline disorder which made them what they are now...
Thus, some may violently reject the BPD diagnosis because in their head, they would no more be "me" but "my disorder" (a kind of "I'm not any more me because me, it's a disorder"), situation highly destabilizing...
Therefore they say, "if I'm sensitive it is because I have a borderline disorder"... or "who would I be without this disorder?"
The truth is that "it is not because I suffer from a borderline disorder that I'm sensitive, but because I'm sensitive that I was in a population at risk to develop a BPD".
Therefore, "To Recover(read AAPEL's site)from the disorder is not to loose my sensitivity but only to get rid of my borderline disorder traits", there is then no risk to loose myself in a therapy
He/she would be, in theory, an emophane !But it can hurt to be emophane!
An emophane person, who has the possibility to use their emophane "qualities" both to serve's him/herself and others and no longer use them for his/her own self-destruction and other splittings.
No-one is denying the fact. Yes, it can hurt to be emophane, more especially, as the world in which we live tends to be "non-emophane".Mini survey
But for all that:
And if you had the choice between remaining emophane and becoming, with the wave of a magic wand, "non-emophane"... Do you think that the non-emophane that you'd become could love himself? I'm afraid not.
- Wouldn't a "emophane" world be more "beautiful" (with less destruction, conflicts, wars)? I think so.
- To be emophane, isn't it to have "beautiful" values? I think so.
- Should you then feel ashamed of being emophane? I don't think so.
Then why consider it a "tragedy" to be "emophane" when if actual fact you can see this as a gift!
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All the information in this site is aimed at helping people understand a "rather particular" and puzzling kind of disease
But more especially, to support everyone affected by it, sick or not. In any case, it is ESSENTIAL to see a therapist who specialises in this field they can confirm or give an alternative diagnosis
The name of what you’ve got doesn’t matter so much, getting the right treatment for the right patient does
This site is not here to make diagnosis NOR taking the place of doctors
last update 2014 .
(creation january 22th 2004)
Copyright Alain TORTOSA - All rights reserved
EmophaneTM is a trademark of Alain Tortosa
AAPELTM is a trademark of AAPEL organization
Author, Alain Tortosa, founder president of the Aapel
(proofreading by maureen)