The opening paragraph from this PT article by Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D. may sound very familiar for people living with BPD:

“When something bothers you, do you find that it runs through your mind on an endless loop? Do you replay situations in which you said or did something foolish, like making a bad joke at someone’s expense? Perhaps you were on an online video chat in which you made what you meant as a humorous remark to someone else, a person you know relatively well, but instead managed to say something that the person clearly found belittling. In person, you could probably have handled this mild teasing incident by saying something privately afterward, but in the online environment, there’s no such opportunity. Instead, you think over and over again about how you inadvertently offended this person and how much it’s hurt your future relationship.

It’s natural to think back on situations like this and wish they’d gone differently, but another to let them preoccupy you to the point that you can hardly think of anything else.”

Dr. Whitbourne goes on to discuss Repetitive Negative Thinking, RNT, and how it relates to those living with Borderline Personality Disorder.

You can read the full article here

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