Are people with borderline personality disorder “addicted” to drama? My answer might surprise you. Take biology, past history, and other issues into account, and we can understand this issue a bit better and learn how to compassionately approach and work on issues around drama addiction.
Some of the topics covered in the video:
  • A personal share of my own experience growing up in an “invalidating environment.”
  • Why do we “attract” chaos, drama , and crises into our lives if we’ve had trauma in childhood?
  • How it can seem “crazy” or difficult to understand for loved ones of those of us with borderline personality disorder, BPD traits, or emotional sensitivity.
  • How do we overcome this over time? (Building trust, confidence, and self-respect in ourselves,  believing we deserve to have stability…)
  • How it can help to have a willingness to admit having an issue of getting caught up in patterns of chaos and distress when triggered or emotionally dysregyulated.
  • Need to “reprogram” those “old tapes” — those messages we’ve come to believe out of a survival response.
  • Why I used to go to the emergency room all of the time when I was extremely dysregulated emotionally (and what I discovered as I started to get better).
  • How I initially shut down and felt invalidated when loved ones told me, “You’re creating this — you’re doing this to yourself.”
  • Compassionately approaching ourselves with curiosity when we’re unskillful and have the urge or actually do act on self-sabotaging behavior.

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