Development of Emotional Cascades in Borderline Personality Disorder



Turbulent emotional experience and engaging in a wide variety of dysregulated behaviors are essential symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD). A new model of BPD, called the Emotional Cascade Model, aims to increase our understanding of the fundamental connection between emotional and behavioral dysregulation in this disorder, by highlight the phenomena of emotional cascades. Emotional cascades do not occur in isolation, however, and are likely influenced by a number of developmental factors, eventually contributing to the emergence of BPD. Furthermore, the experience of emotional cascades is likely to negatively influence developmental trajectory over time, resulting in additional exacerbation of symptoms. Theoretical and empirical considerations for the role of the Emotional Cascade Model in BPD will be discussed, as will important developmental factors that are likely to influence and interact with emotional cascades.


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