Many people grappling with Borderline Personality Disorder describe the physical and emotional pain they experience as all consuming, demanding most if not all of their resources. Like living in a dark and fearful inner world.

In her Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Marsha Linehan offers a number of social skills to help people navigate that world more effectively. One of her recommendations is that doing something for others can help tamp down the emotional turmoil that defines BPD.

Now there’s new research that supports the idea that altruism (doing something for the benefit of others) actually does reduce physical and emotional pain.

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