A Matter of Personality

From borderline to narcissism

My two poles are named: Spock and Kirk

Spock is Savior and anti-social Kirk is Avenger. This pattern is real (just watch Star Trek) aka Puer-Senex split. I call myself: Scotty the Midas Touch Sewage Engineer.

I really have a screwy emotional regulation system: 0 - 60 one way (+) or the other (-). My shrinks keep diagnosing me with Bipolar Disorder. I kinda agree with them as -60 makes me suicidal and +60 makes me manic. The 0 isn't very much of a stable platform to operate on so I'm either flying or sinking.

I'm taking Trileptal. It replaced 0 with -30 to +30 of Roller Coaster track which means the ups and the downs aren't as frequent or major.

Are drugs the only fix for Savior Spock and Avenger Kirk?

Ever see the movie "Total Recall?" Can you stick my head in a machine and reprogram me?

Fascinating...

It's not often I comment on a post here but this article was quite fascinating and thought provoking...engrossing even. Thank you so much for your insights unto the matter; I look forward to reading more of your work. LB

Validity Police

As well, I rarely am compelled to comment on articles found on this site however, given the subject matter as it is delivered is informative and gives insight into the complex dynamics of mentioned personality disorders; causes and symptoms. Caution to the writing style however as taken from 'The Family Dynamics of Narcissistic Personality Disorder and of Psychosomatic Illnesses'; "Usually, the man beats the woman, but this is hardly always the case"; "A guy has to sleep sometime"; "Hard to believe, but true" are unfortunate and unnecessary opinions which take from the objective validity of the article.

Furthermore, the statement, "One man even said, when the police were called, that he was the one who was being abusive when in fact the reverse was true. He took the fall and spent some time incarcerated." Who is this "one man"? The assertion continues unsupported and this disturbed my reliance upon the information presented in the article. Jus Sayin...S.S.

validity police

Thanks for your comments. I do write in a casual style as "academise" is often boring, but I speak of things I see every day in my office and with residents and psychology interns in training as someone who deals with a lot of family dysfunction.

The story of the man taking the fall for his girl friend is a true story that comes from actual clinical experience. Obviously I can not give any details. How often that sort of thing happens, I can't really say, but I doubt his story was unique.

There are people who do not think that women can be abusive, but since I deal frequently with females with borderline personality disorder, I know they surely can be. Before I knew how to respond to them, one of them tried, suddenly and without warning, to kill me in my office by smashing the lamp on my desk and coming at me with the point.

As well, I rarely am

As well, I rarely am compelled to comment on articles found on this site however, given the subject matter as it is delivered is informative and gives insight into the complex dynamics of mentioned personality disorders; causes and symptoms. Caution to the writing style however as taken from 'The Family Dynamics of Narcissistic Personality Disorder and of Psychosomatic Illnesses'; "Usually, the man beats the woman, but this is hardly always the case"; "A guy has to sleep sometime"; "Hard to believe, but true" are unfortunate and unnecessary opinions which take from the objective validity of the article.

Furthermore, the statement, "One man even said, when the police were called, that he was the one who was being abusive when in fact the reverse was true. He took the fall and spent some time incarcerated." Who is this "one man"? The assertion continues unsupported and this disturbed my reliance upon the information presented in the article. Jus Sayin...S.S.

Fundamental Attribution Error

...is the term I have read, rather than Primary. Great articles, doc!

Writing style

is perfect for Psychology Today, which has a general readership.

Thanks for this very understandable description of very complex relationships.

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David M. Allen, M.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee and author of the book How Dysfunctional Families Spur Mental Disorders.

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