6 Ways to Understand Distress in Borderline Personality (Psychology Today)

New study shows importance of tolerating distress for borderline personality. Distress tolerance is the ability to manage feelings when frustration becomes overwhelming.

  • Distress tolerance is the ability to manage feelings when frustration becomes overwhelming.
  • People high on borderline personality disorder qualities seem to have low tolerance for distress.
  • The Distress Tolerance Measure comprised of 6 scales that tap distress tolerance can help adapt to the inevitable frustrations of every day life.

When things don’t go your way, it’s natural to feel a certain degree of distress. You’ve placed an online order, expecting it to arrive by a certain date. Perhaps it’s a present for someone close to you, some medication, or the materials you need to start a project you’re eager to begin. As you anxiously check the delivery service’s tracking information, you realize it’s going to be delayed. After a couple of days, however, the item shows up as “delivered.” You never received it. Now, what can you do?

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