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A 41-year-old member asked:

I'm wondering why are people with borderline personality disorder often drawn to "helping" professions?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
I don't think it's : I don't think it's true. My guess is that they are represented in helping profession in a similar percentage to the existence in the population. I also think they would be less drawn to the helping professions.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Interesting, but not: It's common to have conflict in the area of separation-individuation, where many with borderline pd suffer intensely. Both helping professionals and bpd may have difficulties with personal boundaries. This is very different from having full bpd! some with bpd may gravitate to helping professions for closeness with others, when their own personal relationships are very anguished and challenging.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Why is it so important for people with borderline personality disorder to have boundaries?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Great question: Persons with bpd are flooded with emotion, & manage this by clearly "splitting" good from bad, right from wrong, etc. This organizes the feelings & gives a sense of control. For this reason, clear unambiguous boundaries are calming; without them, the person feels agitated. Everyone needs boundaries to feel safe & in control, but this is especially true of people with bpd.

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