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Affective Instability and Emotion Dysregulation as a Social Impairment

Schmidt, Philipp (2022):
Affective Instability and Emotion Dysregulation as a Social Impairment. (Publisher's Version)
In: Frontiers in Psychology, 13, Frontiers Media S.A., e-ISSN 1664-1078,
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00021236,

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Origin: Secondary publication DeepGreen
Status: Publisher's Version
Title: Affective Instability and Emotion Dysregulation as a Social Impairment
Language: English

Borderline personality disorder is a complex psychopathological phenomenon. It is usually thought to consist in a vast instability of different aspects that are central to our experience of the world, and to manifest as “a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity” [American Psychiatric Association (APA), 2013, p. 663]. Typically, of the instability triad — instability in (1) self, (2) affect and emotion, and (3) interpersonal relationships — only the first two are described, examined, and conceptualized from an experiential point of view. In this context, disorders of self have often motivated analyses of self-experience and the sense of self, affective disorders have been frequently considered in the light of emotional experience and its phenomenological structure. Patterns in the phenomenology of social experience have found comparatively little traction when it comes to the conceptualization of the interpersonal disturbances in borderline. In this paper, I argue that interpersonal instability in borderline consists in much more than fragile and shifting relationships but, most importantly, also involves certain styles in experiencing others. These styles, I suggest, may play an explanatory role for the borderline-typical patterns of interpersonal turmoil and so deserve more attention. To better describe and understand these styles, I explore the phenomenological structure of borderline affective instability and discuss the implications it might have for how a person experiences and relates to other people. Considering core aspects of borderline affective instability, such as alexithymia, emotional contagion, emotion dysregulation, and chronic emptiness, I propose borderline can be interpreted as a disturbance of interaffective exchange, which gives rise to certain ways of experiencing others that imply a social impairment.

Journal or Publication Title: Frontiers in Psychology
Volume of the journal: 13
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Collation: 15 Seiten
Uncontrolled Keywords: borderline personality disorder (BPD), phenomenology, social experience, affective instability, interaffectivity, empathy, emotion dysregulation, emptiness
Classification DDC: 100 Philosophie und Psychologie > 100 Philosophie
100 Philosophie und Psychologie > 150 Psychologie
Divisions: 02 Department of History and Social Science > Institute of Philosophy
Date Deposited: 09 May 2022 13:33
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2022 06:18
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00021236
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URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-212368
SWORD Depositor: Deep Green
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/21236
PPN: 499793595
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