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The Siren's Dance: My Marriage To A Borderline: A Case Study
This memoir follows the relationship between the author (a psychiatrist) and his wife, Michelle, from its tumultuous beginning in 1985 to their ambivalent last good-bye three years later. The subtitle "a case study" attempts to maintain a professional distance from this devastating relationship, but it's all too clear that the illness from which Walker's wife suffered came ...more
Paperback, 194 pages
Published June 26th 2008 by Booksurge Publishing
(first published September 20th 2003)
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This book was recommended to me by a person in the "non-BPD community" - i.e., those individuals who like me, were fated to get involved with a person who has this illness. I had told her that a major reason I stuck with my person was because of the passion and love in the relationship.... which was how it got recommended. I am not the only such spouse swept off their feet by a vibrant beautiful person; this is a commonality, unbeknownst to me..... so, was my relationship like this???? the answe ...more
This was a very interesting read. If I had to find fault with the book it was the account was almost too succinct. I do find it disturbing that he was allowed to date a patient while a senior med school student and now is working with emotionally disturbed teenaged girls. Spelled out, he doesn't seem to have appropriate boundries when it comes to his judgement.
Apr 30, 2015 Tori rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I noticed this at the library looking for something else. It was very interesting. I see a lot of complaints in the reviews that it was too short, but I thought it was a great length to cover his experience. I was interested in reading it because of someone I had been around in the past and wondered, but his wife's case seemed so extreme that I really couldn't tell what a milder case might look like from this book. The copy I read has a copyright of 2003. It would be interesting to see an update ...more
easy, interesting, one-day read. the book gives no real insight into the mind of someone with borderline personality, but the story is intriguing, almost unbelievable, and you really get a feel for what it's like to deal with someone who has a very severe case of the disorder. i thoroughly enjoyed the book, and would recommend it if you want something quick to read. the author's writing style is very matter-of-fact and not annoying at all.
Read to improve my own memoir writing skills as I am writing about a similar subject. Found the story absorbing but the characters flat. I wanted to know more and experience more emotion while reading. This is what I want my book to express. Short chapters were accessible but at the same time too brief. I felt the shortness of the book left me wanting more depth.
A well-written account that shares an uncanny resemblance to my own emotionally-taxing experience with my borderline ex. Some of the moments were incredibly triggering for me to read. As far as I know, this is the only book I've found written for the spouses of borderlines. My break up was so horrible. This book was a welcome read.
“Everybody always leaves me in the end, don’t you know that? I tell you all the time. You will too. How can anybody love me when I can’t even love myself? I take the people that I love the most and I hurt them the most. I am so scared you will leave that I want to give you a reason to leave me. It is impossible to love me enough.”More quotes…