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What Does “Cause” Mean in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) ?

What is “cause”?  In Dialectical Behavior Therapy, one of the most effective treatments for those with Borderline Personality Disorder and other emotion dysregulation challenges, “cause” means that everything that has happened up until this moment helps explain what is happening in this moment.In a very simple example, imagine that a plate falls to the ground […]

Crying Over Coleslaw | Everything Has “Cause” (Emotional Reactions to “Small Things”)

According to Dr. Marsha Linehan, founder of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), designed to help those of us with Borderline Personality Disorder (and other mental illnesses): “Everything has cause.“By this she means that something happened before whatever is happening now, and if that event had been different, so would whatever is happening in this moment. Everything is part […]