Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Comments by dr.jsgunn

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  • Hi Zippy, I agree and we do provide experiential narratives that show what it’s like for a clinician to navigate these types of distortions – which in my opinion is one of the greatest challenges of the work. We also show how we use a growth model to help people identify and integrate trauma(s) and feelings and hopefully relate better to themselves and others in their lives. I don’t deny the difficulties (it’s challenging), but I also believe that people can be helped – and I really despise the diagnosis – all diagnoses are stigmatizing – but BPD is one the worst.
    Thank you again for the discussion.

  • Dear Zippy, I thank you for this response (and taking the time to engage in this important dialogue). I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the content of our book. This clinical narrative is less about the complex relational dynamics you are describing and more about seeing all people as having the possibility for growth and change – finding ways to live better. This is something I have seen over and over in my clinical work (even with severe trauma) and that’s why I believe it to be true.
    ‘Thought distortion’ happens all the time – amongst all different people – no diagnosis necessary – as B points out. But I hear your frustration. When you are in a close relationship with someone who is distressed and whose emotions feel chaotic it is very difficult. I know this both personally and professionally, so I am not naive to your point. And I am sorry for what you’ve gone through. I am hoping our new book will help friends and family members, as well as people suffering and mental health providers.
    Best wishes,