Why a fear of abandonment is at the heart of BPD
One of the nine symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD) is “frantic attempts to avoid real or perceived abandonment.” A fear of abandonment is a primal fear - it’s not possible to get rid of it entirely. It is actually essential for human beings to fear abandonment, because it is a driving force in all our connections. This fear can either interfere with our relationships or reinforce them. No one likes being abandoned. But being abandoned when you have BPD hurts to such an extreme degree that it’s hard for the average person to comprehend. Many of the triggers for people who identify with borderline personality disorder are tied to a deep-seated fear that their loved ones will leave them. This episode will help you learn how to deal with fear of abandonment and find a way out of the self-isolating patterns that arise when this fear overtakes our lives.
💡 Topics explored and questions answered in this episode:
■ What is a fear of abandonment? (The difference between physical
and emotional abandonment fears)
■ Symptoms of fear of abandonment
■ Causes of fear of abandonment
■ How does a fear of abandonment relate to BPD (EUPD)?
■ What can trigger abandonment fears in people with BPD
■ Examples of what it actually feels like to experience fear of abandonment
Disclaimer: information contained in this podcast episode is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for treatment or consultation with a licensed mental health professional.
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