Dr Downey goes on to discuss how Rejection Sensitivity is measured. Not surprising, individuals who have BPD have a high level of rejection sensitivity as a result of the anxious expectation and concern and the resulting sense of threat that is activated by certain situations. Why is this important? Because by understanding the underlying reasons for the anger and rage that gets expressed by their BPD patients, clinicians can become more validating and empathetic in their approach to treatment, and ultimately more effective at treating patients with BPD.
Individuals with BPD know all to well how it feels. Extreme sensitivity coupled with an invalidating environment = extreme reactions and a slow return to baseline. Our poster for May Awareness illustrates what it feels like. This poster was donated and we want to thank everyone who helped put it together.
It is up to Clinicians themselves to undo the damage that has been done. These are compelling thoughts that can be potentially freeing and empowering for BPD patients and informative to Clinicians and Families.
Take a listen.