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@Brian, I'm glad you raised this issue. There are some times where saying "I'm getting angry" can be helpful. That's if you are feeling but not yet acting angry. And if you can use a more gentle word than angry like irritated.
E.g., in a recent therapy session my client kept doing with me what she does too often with her husband, i.e., going on and on about him, what he does wrong, instead of focusing on herself and how she can handle the situation more effectively.
I said, in a calm and caring voice, "I feel myself getting irritated. I'm getting annoyed when you continue to go against the rule of talking about yourself, not others, even after I have reminded you." ....
Anger and hatred–or compassion? What feelings does bpd evoke for you?
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