Biosocial theory invalidating environment
An emotionally vulnerable person is someone whose autonomic nervous system reacts excessively to relatively low levels of stress and takes longer than normal to return to baseline once the stress is removed.It is proposed that this is the consequence of a biological diathesis.But taken together and combined with the biological predisposition, BPD can result.Biological Causes of Borderline Personality Disorder There are two types of biological causes of BPD: This is one reason why people with Borderline Personality Disorder may experience panic attacks and other mood swings.You say and do things when you’re upset that you later wish you hadn’t.Or, you may feel numbed out or confused by your emotions, but look calm on the outside.
If you’re emotionally dysregulated, you have a lot of strong emotions that come on quickly and take a while to pass.
Biosocial Theory is a theory in behavioral and social science that describes personality disorders and mental illnesses and disabilities as biologically-determined personality traits reacting to environmental stimuli. The disorder is characterized by heightened sensitivity to emotion, increased emotional in-tensity [sic] and a slow return to emotional baseline.
Linehan wrote in her 1993 paper, Cognitive–Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorderm that "the biosocial theory suggests that BPD is a disorder of self-regulation, and particularly of emotional regulation, which results from biological irregularities combined with certain dysfunctional environments, as well as from their interaction and transaction over time" According to a 1999 article published by Mc Clean Hospital "DBT is based on a biosocial theory of personality functioning in which BPD is seen as a biological disorder of emotional regulation.
Psychologist Marsha Linehan who developed Dialectical Behavior Therapy, one of the most effective treatments for BPD, recently revealed that she too suffered from BPD.
Her story as reported in the New York Times is inspirational and definitely worth a read, especially if you suffer from any form of mental illness.