Schizotypal & Borderline Personality Disorder
'Schizotypal Personality Disorder'Schizotypal Personality Disorder may overlap with some of the concepts discussed above, specifically the tendency to drift from one activity to another, with interest and direction dropping off fairly rapidly in each instance.
I do not believe it is a 'disorder' as such, but more an issue with a person's core beliefs, where they are not positive or empowering with regards to a person's self-worth and overall drive to interact with others, the world and to find his niche and real personality. This may result in a sensitive nature, naive social ideals and low self-esteem. Such a person at an early age may choose inappropriate friends for his needs and over time become more detached and reclusive, perhaps relying only on one friend or a small number of close friends. Disappointment or negative association with social interraction may result in a reinforcing of this behaviour. Sadly, those who lack self-knowledge and self-esteem are unlikely to have a close circle of positive and matched friends, but by their social isolation or lack of experience with personal interraction, are less likely to seek out the right type of friends for them. This is exaccerbated by the fact that such a person may not really be fully themselves in whatever activity they are involved with, and by moving from one activity or identity to the next, the person may never have a chance to build up a social network of likeminded friends or associates. The mind may expect the next activity or theme to provide 'all the answers' or to be one's goal or panacea, but it rarely satisfies. Activities of themselves are rarely engaging for very long unless there is some social interraction or sharing of the experience involved, which is what makes many activities vibrant and fun.
'Schizotypal Personality Disorder' is really the 'end result' of not addressing one's negative and disempowering beliefs. This page is all about identifying those beliefs and destroying them and replacing them with empowering beliefs, those that will increase one's sense of certainty and self-worth, and allow one to really find the true self and grow some roots. Clearly I do not subscribe to the view that taking medication or any other types of drugs will 'cure' such a condition, as a drug cannot change your beliefs. You have to do that!
Borderline Personality DisorderBorderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a personality disorder of prolonged disturbance of personality function in adulthood, characterised by depth and variability (instability) of moods. Some might regard this instability of mood as a lack of self-belief and a sense of a stable emotional base - a core uncertainty of belief. Black and white thinking (or splitting - into good and evil) is a typical symptom - often feelings of anger, depression, anxiety and victimisation etc. Instability of mood may also lead to chaotic and unstable personal relationships, self-image, identity and behaviour, as well as a disturbance of one's sense of self. It can sometimes lead to periods of dissociation. The terminology is no longer widely accepted in the medical community and may be revised. To categorise any of these related psychological conditions as 'disorders' is not so helpful as it implies a passive relationship to treatment and causality. It is most likely to be a result of lack of encouragement to engage in life from early adolescence, perhaps separation from many normal social activities, lack of formation of core self-beliefs and normal behavioural patterns, and it creates a kind of self-reinforcing pattern. Whilst many adolescents display some of these characteristics, and doctors are generally discouraged from diagnosing the condition in teenagers, as they are still learning about their personalities, emotions and life in general and may display some of these characteristics, the worsening or prolonged obsession with some of these modes of thinking or tendencies can be spotted and alleviated or grow out of by encouragement and pointing a teen in the right direction. Encouraged to value himself, to learn about himself and his personality, rather than fixating on dualisms in the outside world, often a projection of one's own mental inadequacies. Sometimes a lack of encouragement by parents, teachers, peers (esp. important) can lead to a person never fully committing to anything, and thus never really having the confidence to ever immerse himself in any one activity and to learn about his likes and dislikes as he has never really thought about it in a level headed manner. BPD is in a sense a lack of fulfilling certain areas of personality growth from uncertain youth and carrying this deficit through to adulthood.