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Borderline Personality Disorder for Dummies

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Your clear, compassionate guide to managing BPD -- and living well

Looking for straightforward information on Borderline Personality Disorder? This easy-to-understand guide helps those who have BPD develop strategies for breaking the destructive cycle. This book also aids loved ones in accepting the disorder and offering support. Inside you'll find authoritative details on
Paperback, 366 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by For Dummies
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Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a pleasure to read, it had lots of great information. However, I had a couple of concerns. First of all, it seems kind of careless to include chapters on how to break up/end friendship with those who have Borderline Personality Disorder. I understand there should be material on that, but it kind of triggered worries in me (as someone with BPD) especially since it was my boyfriend who bought the book for me. I just wonder if that was such a good idea, considering the audience. Another pr ...more
Marina (Sonnenbarke)
Feb 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: _psychology
Quite informative and with very good tips, but I didn't like the part where it suggests ways to end a relationship with a borderline. Also, I felt at times the authors really think borderlines are dangerous, deficient weirdos.
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone with bpd
Recommended to Stephanie by: Found it on the internet
Very informative. I also have Bipolar disorder and a lot of the symptoms overlap. So it's like you get a double dose. But with the right meds you can live a good life.
Andrew Douglass
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Accessible and improved by many examples. I felt it would have been better if it had been tightened up—some material is wordy and repetitive. I also felt it was forced into the Dummies erratic format rather than writen normal prose. (For example, I got tired of bullet points and plugs for other Dummies books. :-) I would have liked more detail on how to how a partner might respond to Borderline—the book seemed to jump to escape strategies a bit fast. Advice on the web to run away is certainly pr ...more
Narsames Kirihara
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english
That's a pretty good book which help us understand this disorder a little better. The only downside of this book is the way it presents BPD as if they're some sort of monsters or something really obscure. I don't know I don't want to say that this book isn't very helpful because it is. I just think they could have shown some of the good sides of people with BPD. And try to give some piece of advice to grow as a person even if they are BPD. But overall it's a good book!
Tara Calaby
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
Normally, I wouldn't have bothered with a Dummies book on the subject, but I had seen quite a few positive reviews of this book in various locations, so I decided to check it out. It's actually surprisingly decent! A good overall look at BPD, with sections for people with BPD, people who know people with BPD and therapists. The sections for partners and friends do seem very focussed on how to leave the person with BPD in your life, though, which is unfortunate :/
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I found this really helpful. It's the first I have read on borderline personality disorder and it has been a great help to me and provided with some useful coping strategies, that I hope will work for me.
Michelle Turner
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was very informative and well written but didn't like the bit assuming people with borderline personality disorder might not understand the title Borderline personality disorder for dummies , taking the word dummies literately . Just about everyone knows that these information dummies books are for people who have no knowledge on something to read in layman's terms . It shouldn't be suggested that a person with bpd wouldn't be able to understand and need to be reassured . Peo ...more
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A DEFINITE must-read for sufferers and their nearest and dearest.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: learning
Personality and mood disorders can be a lonely, deeply personal journey fraught with perceived dangers as sufferers try to interact with people around them. There are no easy answers, but I found BPD for Dummies to be an informative and compassionate look into an often misunderstood disorder that afflicts so many.

The book is not a substitute for a diagnosis or treatment plan from therapist. Rather, the authors provide an insightful overview of the disorder and how it is generally managed. There
Andy Bigley
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent resource for everyone involved: the person with BPD, family, friends, therapists. Hence, the perspective provided covers the entire spectrum. The book is compassionate yet firm, advisory but not alarmist. If there’s one resource to have in your library, it could very well be this book. It might not give as deep a dive into some topics as other books do but what you’ll get covers pretty much everything at a level more than trivial. Due to the length and volume of information ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I found the book a good overview and it had some interesting tips. I, however, agree with those who have rated it low - the reader gets a strong sense the authors dislike people with BPD. And often, the examples were female-centred, exhibiting “bad behaviour” that now seems old-fashioned or lacking empathy. BPD is more common than people think and should be less vilified. Having a chapter on how to leave someone with BPD or how to decide if you should be friends with someone who has BPD, feels c ...more
Collette Baker
Feb 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book was terrible. I did not finish it. The writing style was just plain boring.
May 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
This book provides a good overview. The authors state that BPD is a highly individual disorder and doesn't easily generalize to a population, and I appreciated that. I sort of feel like though the "image" of the BPD sufferer in this book is on the very volatile, extreme end of the spectrum, where the majority of people with BPD are often in the middle of the continuum - they do have problems, but they do not pose a danger/threat to other people. I skimmed through the book because I found a lot o ...more
Markus Zachary Xavier
It's a Dummies guide so don't expect highbrow clinical scientific data. You may feel you have BPD after reading it , but I'm relieved to say I don't exhibit the hardcore signs (we all have our mood swings) I was hoping to understand why a person close to me acted out the way he did. I'm sad to say he does have the classic symptoms.
You may not have cared about me but I CARE about you. In a few months things may be different but for now I had to pin this BPD article. You have every symptom.
Jukka Häkkinen
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Törmäsin tähän kirjaan Santa Monicassa kirjakaupassa ja For Dummies-sarjan kirja psykologiasta vaikutti huvittavalta. Olin tottunut näkemään näitä keltaisia kirjoja lähinnä Kuinka opit käyttämään Powerpointtia-tyyppisistä aiheista. Yllättäen kirja olikin todella hyvä. Tämä on selkeä katsaus rajatilan kaikkiin mahdollisiin puoliin ja todella monesta eri näkökulmasta (rajatilainen itse, puoliso, vanhempi, lapsi, ystävä, terapeutti). Virkistävää on myös se, että tästä puuttuu täysin psykologiseen p ...more
Chanel J
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A good book detailing the issues and symptoms of BPD.
I have issue with the way it constantly repeats that people with BPD aren't monsters, and then proceeds to describe them as horrible stressful people with no relief in the 'help for partners' section.
Aug 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bpd-books
This book explains Borderline Personality Disorder in very plain, easy-to-understand layman's terms. It was really easy to follow. I would recommend it to anyone.
Victoria L. Weimer
Very helpful if you have someone in your family who suffers from this disorder. It really helps you understand how they think and how you should handle things.
Jun 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Wanted to know more about treatment options for combination of BPD and alcohol abuse. But this is a good overview and speaks to BPD sufferers as well as their loved ones.
Tracy Morton
Aug 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: health
Some good info but not fabulously enlightening.
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great book
L.A. Jacob
Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Good overview, good advice.
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book brings a lot of insight to BPD. It has been a great resource for coping mechanisms for myself and beneficial to those closest to me.
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
It took me FOREVER to finish this book. Some good info, but a lot of stuff I already knew and some really boring stuff.
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it
It is helping me to understand myself a little more. I find these books a little hard and exasperating to read sometime but they are good books.
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