#25 – Who Was The First Borderline? – From Cavemen and Dinosaurs to Creationism and the FSM

Where did BPD come from, and how was it passed down to modern humans? This is one of the more vexing questions of our age. For an answer, we must turn to the all-knowing wisdom of American psychiatry, which proclaims:


“BPD is strongly inherited.” This seems like an answer to where BPD comes from. But is it? According to psychiatry, BPD is mostly in the genes. But how could this dreaded disease have originally developed? It didn’t magically appear out of thin air. This begs the question:  From whom was BPD first inherited? Who – or what – was the real “first borderline”?

In this essay, I will take psychiatry’s thinking to its logical conclusion. If BPD is “inherited”, we should be able to track down the ultimate source of this nefarious malady. Prepare to embark on a fascinating journey of discovery. My theories are based on exciting new research by paleo-psychiatrists – scientists who study mental illness in prehistoric creatures.

Early Speculations on BPD’s Origin

Early paleo-psychiatrists raised questions like the following in their search for the first borderline:

Was the first borderline an Egyptian slave who began to have mood swings under the stress of building the pyramids, 4,000 years ago?


Was the first borderline a Bronze Age Mesopotamian mother who, traumatized by hard farm work, began to view her fellow Sumerians as saints or devils, 8,000 years back?


Or was the first borderline an Aboriginal hunter-gatherer who, after too many attacks by dingo dogs, developed identity diffusion in the Australian outback 12,000 years ago?


Did one of these ancient people first become borderline, and then transmit the invisible plague to their prehistoric children and on to us?

(Aside: Recent genetic studies by paleo-geneti-psychiatrists have suggested that, in addition to the normal gene-coding letters A, C, G, T, the nucleobases B, P, and D are present in the genomes of people with BPD. So genes in a healthy person, which originally read GATCGGCAGGAACAT, would come to read GATBPDCAGBPDGAABPD. This is why I’ve been terrified to get my genes mapped, for fear those cursed combinations will appear in my DNA strands, to be inevitably passed on to my children.)

BPD and Early Man

Returning to the main story, the answer is no. BPD extends back far past early Egyptians, Mesopotamians, and Aborigines. Paleo-psychiatrists recently found that cavemen exhibited Borderline Personality Disorder. Witness the following image, found on prehistoric cave walls at Laschaux, France, but concealed from the public until now:


With this life-like painting revealed, it is scientifically proven that BPD extends at least to our caveman ancestors. This is so easy to figure out, even a caveman can do it.

So perhaps BPD originated with these forward-thinking cavemen, who would have been traumatized by living in rotten, damp caves.  But couldn’t cavemen have inherited BPD from earlier humanoids?

Through the theory of evolution, we know that humans evolved from early apes (or at least, people who think the earth is more than 6,000 years old know this). So maybe the situation looks more like this:


These monkeys are not going to tell us anything definitive, but that bonobo looks suspicious.

Prehistoric Megafauna and BPD

Early apes are an interesting potential source of BPD. But other evidence suggests that the vile pathology worms its way back further. Each of these early humans and apes evolved from other life-forms, any of which could have been the first carrier of the abominable affliction. The plot thickens, and if we want to know where BPD truly came from, we must gaze deeper into the past.

Paleo-psychiatrists recently found this fossilized face-off between the last saber-toothed tiger and the first prehistoric mountain lion. From their facial expressions, it was deduced that they were snarling the following at each other:


But of course, if prehistoric big cats had borderline symptoms, it begs the question of where they inherited them from. Peering further over the horizon, here is cave art drawn by a Paraceratherium, revealing fantasies it was having about the cause of its family’s BPD symptoms:


So in this image, we have evidence that BPD existed at least 15 millions years ago, in the age of the megafauna or giant mammals. But there’s more.

Psychiatry’s Return to the Days of the Dinosaurs

Excited by their study of the megafauna, paleo-psychiatrists dug ever deeper into forgotten times. The two creatures below were recently unearthed from a prehistoric swamp after being buried by a 65-million-year old mudslide. Paleo-psychiatrists determined that they were saying the following:


Well, this picture is not exactly about BPD. But given the high comorbidity between Avoidant PD, Narcissistic PD, and Borderline PD, it can be said with confidence that BPD dates back at least 65 million years. If avoidant and narcissistic dinosaurs roamed early Earth, then giant reptilian borderlines would have been lumbering around too.

Indeed, all sorts of personality-disordered dinosaurs must have existed in the Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic eras. This makes it much more difficult to trace who the first borderline was. But it does enable us to watch The Land Before Time and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs with a new understanding of these monsters.

The search begins to seem endless. Who was the real first borderline? This situation brings to mind the Where’s Waldo? books, when you can never find the little guy in red and white stripes. Or perhaps it should be Where’s the Borderline?:


Sorry. Back to the topic at hand.

Early Avian and Mammalian Ancestors

As I was saying, paleo-psychiatry keeps making new discoveries. To trace the passage of the fearsome plague that is BPD into humans, we should also investigate the earliest birds and mammals, who shared common ancestors and lived alongside dinosaurs. Early mammals lived in a traumatic environment, which we know is a risk factor for BPD. Perhaps the trauma of living with big, scary dinosaurs was transmitted into their genes, creating a vulnerability that led to BPD in humans.

One can imagine the following scenario:


As well as this one:


It makes sense that borderline traits might develop and be genetically transmitted in such an environment. But couldn’t BPD have developed in pre-dinosaur times, and been transmitted from an even earlier starting point?

A Never-Ending Goose Chase

We must commend paleo-psychiatrists for their efforts to trace the early animal origins of BPD, efforts which are as scientific and respectable as those of modern-day psychiatrists to study BPD in humans.

But despite heroic efforts, paleo-psychiatrists have not traced BPD’s ultimate origin, which remains shrouded in mystery. It seems straightforward to follow the evolution of BPD from modern day humans, past cavemen, through early mammals and dinosaurs, all the way to the earliest forms of life. But this process never reaches a satisfying conclusion. With evolution working as it does, there would always be another creature from which to inherit BPD.

We can even imagine unicellular cells, flitting around the primordial fires of early Earth, transmitting their borderline traits to the first multicellular organisms:


But let’s not go there.

Creationism – A Solution to the Conundrum?

There is another possibility. What if evolution is wrong, and another theory explains BPD’s origin and heritability? What if Earth is only 6,000 years old, as creationists solemnly preach, and as some of our finest public schools teach as an alternative to evolution?

Creationism would elegantly explain how BPD developed. Under creationist teaching, BPD would be a result of the trauma that early humans experienced living alongside dinosaurs and other “prehistoric” creatures. If God created the Earth 6,000 years ago, he would have put all the creatures in history together, even if it resulted in strange alterations to traditional Biblical stories, like this:


And this:


And this:


No wonder the authors of the Bible wanted to cover up this sordid state of affairs. Living alongside dinosaurs would have made things scary and unpredictable for early humans. And as we know, such traumatic environments are a prime cause of BPD. Therefore, 6,000 year-old dinosaurs may have been the primary reason that BPD developed and was genetically passed down from early to modern humans.

Thus, the trauma of living alongside these monstrosities would have affected mankind’s genes such that BPD would quickly develop as a distinct disease.  As Jonathan Swift might have said, this is “a modest proposal”, but a convincing one.

Just imagine the following scene, which would have been a daily occurrence 6,000 years ago:


And this:


Who would not develop borderline symptoms in such conditions?

And imagine having to live alongside abominations never preserved in the fossil record (the fossil record having been planted to trick creationists into believing in evolution, of course), like this:


How horrifying! Thank goodness the dinosaurs and swamp-monster abominations were finally wiped out in an almighty Ragnarok-like battle against invading aliens:


If dinosaurs and aliens had not annihilated each other a few thousand years ago, then modern civilization would never have developed. If dinosaurs did not die out, we poor humans would have been stuck with dinosaur-induced BPD symptoms, but without the gentle ministrations of modern psychiatry to help us manage them. So let us give thanks that aliens and dinosaurs wiped each other out, because DBT wouldn’t be possible with Tyrannosaurs constantly chasing us.

For me then, creationism provides the best explanation of BPD’s origin. It seems that we must renounce evolution, and accept the fact that the Earth is only 6,000 years old, since no other theory explains BPD’s origins so simply and elegantly. Remember Occam’s Razor – the simplest explanation is usually the correct one.

Alternate Explanations: Pastafarianism

However, there are other explanations. I was recently contacted by a Pastafarian paleo-psychiatrist, who suggested that the Flying Spaghetti Monster might be the cause of BPD. (For those of you who don’t know, Pastafarianism is the religion which teaches that a Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe. Visit the Church of his Noodly Appendage at http://www.venganza.org )

So, instead of this scenario leading to BPD:


The following scenario would have accounted for the illness:


However, try as I might, I cannot think of a real reason why the Spaghetti Monster would want to create BPD. His job is to create the universe and feed people pasta, not generate mental illnesses. So this doesn’t fly with me, even if the Spaghetti Monster “flies” in another way.

The Scientific Integrity of My Research

For those of you who think this is a joke, it is not. Do not hurt my feelings by commenting that these theories are unscientific. I am earnestly supporting the efforts of our nation’s finest  psychiatrists in tracing the source of BPD, a pathology which even they admit “the causes and origins of are unclear”. What could be more noble than shedding light on the origins of such a misunderstood affliction?

The Learning Doesn’t Stop Here

Despite their confusion around the inheritance issue, there is much more to be learned from psychiatry’s penetrating insights into BPD.

Psychiatry wisely teaches us that BPD is a “severe illness”, that BPD has a “course” and an “outcome”, that a certain percentage of the population “has it”, how psychotherapy and medications can “manage it”, and so on.

We must give thanks to psychiatry for creating such a wonderful and sympathetic way of understanding human emotional problems. Hearing the pontifications of psychiatrists on BPD is like listening to beautiful classical music.

If you want to learn more about these encouraging, scientifically-sound ideas via our government’s finest websites, as well as from many forums about BPD, make sure you are prepared. Before you research BPD’s cause and origins on Google, you will need:

  • A good sturdy chair.
  • A thick pillow to keep your ass from getting sore.
  • Eyedrops
  • Pain relief ointment for your mouse-clicking finger.
  • Tissues
  • Headache medications.

And take heart: Everything you learn about BPD from traditional psychiatry will be just as scientifically valid as my research above. Good luck!

The Scientific Process by which BPD Sprang Into Being

Now, if BPD first developed in early humans living alongside dinosaurs – who wouldn’t have referred to their symptoms as “Borderline Personality Disorder” – it is interesting to consider when the term BPD first emerged in modern psychiatric usage. Below is an imagining of the scientific process by which BPD may have developed.

A Conversation Between Two Medical Doctors of the Mind (i.e. Psychiatrists)

Date:  March 1st, 1939
Setting: Psychiatry Conference, somewhere in WW2-era America…
The players: Dr. Chillingworth and Dr. Hadley

(Setting – Drs. Chillingworth and Hadley are smoking it up outside a beautiful hotel, discussing the current state of the psychiatric art..)

Dr. Chillingworth: “I’m so thrilled to be back at our nation’s premier psychiatry conference. Our catalogue of mental afflictions is crying out for new names. You know, my dear Hadley, I don’t think we’re upsetting people enough by calling them neurotics and hysterics. The masses need to know when there’s something wrong with them, and those labels just don’t do it for me anymore. We need something to really get the blood boiling.”

Dr. Hadley: “I agree, dear Chillingworth. I call the crazy ones schizophrenic, but they don’t even react! It’s most disturbing. I wonder where we’ve gone wrong.”

C: “Ok, let’s put our minds to it. What name will really upset people?”

H: “How about “Weirdo Syndrome”? You know, for the bizarre folks who aren’t totally crazy, but we don’t know what else to call them?”

C: “Oh humbug! Is that the best idea you have?!”

H: “Forget that. What about “Queer Disorder”. It could be a brand new affliction. We know there’s something wrong with the homos; everyone suspects there’s a malignant germ plasm in their blood!

C: “No dice! Our friend Dr. Beavis beat you to the punch – he’s presenting this idea tomorrow. Don’t worry, homosexuality will be an official disorder. Come on, we need something original!”
(Historical note: Homosexuality was an official DSM disorder until the mid 1970’s).

H: “How about….. “borderline”? We can use it on the ones who aren’t neurotics, but aren’t raving psychotics? You know, the people who are always pissing me off.”

C: “Yes!! Yes. That’s it. … “Borderline!” Wow…. It’s a bunch of bullshit – it doesn’t mean anything. But that’s why it’s brilliant. People won’t know what it means, so it will work perfectly. Let’s use it!”

H: “But how can we be sure that people will buy it, Chillingworth?”

C: “That’s easy. We list things about people who aren’t raving psychos, but are “messed up”. We say if you fit enough of the criteria, you’re a borderline! We make it all sound very scientific and official. The criteria could be things like being irritable, having mood swings, having relationship problems, being impulsive, etc. etc. Things anyone can have, taken to an extreme. Anything we can make up about people we don’t like.

H: “But do you really think people will believe that? I don’t know…”

C: “Of course they will! Give yourself some credit, Hadley; stop overestimating your fellow human beings. Most members of our species are uneducated idiots. If psychiatrists repeat a made-up label loudly and often enough, people will believe it. Remember, the public think we’re experts.”


H: “This is great! But you know, I just realized something, Chillingworth. You’re pretty messed up yourself.”

C: “Tell me something I don’t know!”

H: “Indeed. Moving on… do you think that, many decades years from now, people might think this “borderline” label we dreamed up is real, and a whole industry will be based around labeling and managing these “borderlines”? I don’t know if I would feel good about that.

C: “Oh stop whining! The Borderline affliction will become real, because we say it is. We became psychiatrists so we can be exalted as experts and given bundles of money. Who cares if we have no idea why people act like they do? And who gives a damn about people in the future? Our genius is that we have no idea what we’re talking about, but people pay us anyway. Have faith, my friend.”

And thus was born “Borderline Personality Disorder.”

(Historical note: BPD was in fact “born” after psychiatrists in the late 1930s invented the term out of thin air. Perhaps not exactly like this. But close enough…)


My thanks go to Sameer Prehistorica (http://sameerprehistorica.deviantart.com) and Harry Wilson (http://harry-the-fox.deviantart.com) for allowing the use of their beautiful art. Also, credit to http://www.speechable.com, a great, free resource for attaching captions to pictures).

I welcome any correspondance at bpdtransformation@gmail.com

If you are struggling with BPD yourself or would like to more effectively help someone who is borderline, I would be happy to listen to your story and provide feedback if possible. Feel free to provide constructive criticism of this site also.

This article is the opinion of a non-professional layperson, and should not be taken as medical advice or as the view of a therapist who is professionally qualified to treat Borderline Personality Disorder or any other mental health condition. Readers should consult with a qualified mental health professional before undertaking any treatment


– Edward Dantes


27 thoughts on “#25 – Who Was The First Borderline? – From Cavemen and Dinosaurs to Creationism and the FSM

  1. Ian

    EPIC post – this one really made me laugh along the way! I also find irony in the fact that since I adopted a PALEO based way of eating – even going so far as the paleo autoimmune protocol and ketogenic versions of this – I’ve gotten traction with being confident, clear headed and grounded where I’m fully in the “zone” and in my life.

    I don’t think early humans ate very much carbs like we do now – eating plenty of meat they killed (fat/protein as the base), along with occasional berries, and green leaves when they came across them. I’ve literally had days eating steak each meal where my brain just started working and I was “the man” and asked this beautiful girl out the second time, got rejected and didn’t end up on the floor turning myself into a pretzel.

    I also just broke my recent income record last month to a new high of $5,379 in one month gross. I though BPD’ers didn’t have enough self-esteem, competence or emotional stability to be able to have a career that is fulfilling?!

    Everyone of you reading this can do anything you put your heart and soul and mind too! I don’t give a FUCK what doctors and psychiatrists say – true healing and emotional growth is possible for one who commits to doing the work and living a healthy lifestyle. I’m living proof and I know if I can do it (the previous poor boy weak nice guy – now getting stronger and more emotionally/financially stable one step at a time) then you can do it.

    Rock on people and Edward Dantes!

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    1. bpdtransformation Post author

      Thanks Ian. You should be proud of yourself! You have proven that those dastardly genes transmitted from humans living alongside 6,000 year old dinosaurs can be overcome.
      Just kidding of course. You should feel good 🙂


      1. Ian

        You bet Edward- EPIC – as I’m watching limitless right now! I do feel good and this one was OUTSTANDING – thanks again.


      1. bpdtransformation Post author

        They are fun to make. You might want to try that Speechable.com site. It can get addictive to find funny pictures and put quotes on them. Also, DeviantArt.com is absolutely brilliant. Just ask for the authors’ permission to use their artwork if you go there. But it is full of fantastic concepts and drawings about every topic, and very searchable. I wish I could make art like those people.

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  2. luckyotter

    Reblogged this on Lucky Otter's Museum of Narcissism and commented:
    A very funny look at how BPD might have made it into the gene pool. Who did it start with? Cavemen? Apes? Dinosaurs? Single celled organisms? Can creationism and a “young earth” explain BPD better than evolution and its “old earth”? Or is BPD it simply a construct invented by mental health professionals to label a group of people with a certain subset of psychiatric behaviors that aren’t particularly adaptive.
    A great read!
    The cap


  3. Alaina

    I have the rarest blood type (Ab neg) and the rarest eye color (green). According to the more intelligent out-of-the-box thinkers, this is a clear indication that my ancestors came from outer space.

    Alien DNA is immune to human personality disorders. We do not merely think of ourselves as superior beings. We are. 😉

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    1. bpdtransformation Post author

      Yes you are. Your kind only entered my story at the point where dinosaurs battled aliens to decide the fate of Earth 5,000 years ago. So, you avoided the trauma of living alongside Tyrannosaurs, thereby preventing you from developing the personality disordered genes. It all makes perfect sense, Alaina. Thank you for your comment.

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    2. Ian

      Hey Alaina:

      Check out live right for your type – I got my blood type O non-secretor dialed in a lot with that book by peter d’ adamo.

      And check out the movie the forth kind – but be prepared to sleep under a table after watching and during it. Fits the new backdrop of Edwards website here – woo!

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      1. Alaina

        Just call me Alaina the Alien…. LOL.

        Coincidentally, I live just a couple of hours away from Roswell. Haven’t seen any UFOs since I moved to New Mexico in 2003, though. Drones. Lots of drones. One with spinning blue lights. Not green, not red, blue. But I’m pretty sure it was a drone…

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      2. bpdtransformation Post author

        That is fascinating. I have always been obsessed with dinosaurs and aliens, as you may be aware. As a boy I wished that I could infiltrate Roswell and find out if they are hiding the 1947 spaceship crash there. If you hear about a break-in on the news, you’ll know who it was… or, if I do it right, you won’t hear anything.

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      3. Alaina

        Mmmm. Well. I started off this talk of alien ancestry as nothing more than a joke, in keeping with your excellent tongue-in-cheek post about the “genetic link” to BPD. But now I am very tempted to tell you my true personal story about the time when my mother, my stepfather, two of my sisters, and I saw a very large Unidentified Flying Object, which was flying in a manner very unlike any earthly aircraft I have ever seen…. and I have seen some amazing earthly aircraft in my time, having spent most of my adult life living near military bases. I’ve gone to Air Shows put on by the USAF, and years ago I even saw one of the space shuttles being flown piggy-back on a jet as it was retired. But never have I seen anything fly like the UFO that my family and I saw over Springfield, Missouri in the summer of 1967 when I was 14 years old.

        Here is the really weird part… every time my stepdad and Mother talked about what they saw that night, their entire demeanor always changed, as though they were almost talking in their sleep. They both normally talked with animation and hand gestures, especially my late stepfather. But ask them about the night they saw the UFO and they would immediately get very quiet and monotone in their speech. It was too Weird. You see, their encounter was after mine and my sisters, later that same night, when they drove outside of town to the lake to talk (they were dating then, not yet married, and didn’t get a lot of privacy at the house, as my mom had 5 kids from her first marriage to my dad). So I have always wondered if they experienced something more than just sitting for a couple of hours or so in the car, watching the strange craft fly around the lake….


      4. bpdtransformation Post author

        Thanks for the story. It is fun to share these stories, and more generally to believe that aliens might have visited us.
        Unfortunately, I cannot make myself believe in UFOS until they are actually proven beyond a doubt. To me, it’s pretty clear that people’s imaginations, weather balloons, military aircraft, natural celestial objects, and wishful thinking are the sources of 100% of supposed UFO sightings until proven otherwise. That is why I need to infiltrate Area 51 to find out what they are hiding there.

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      5. Alaina

        I agree with the essence of what you’re saying. That is, I, too, cannot make myself believe in aliens until they are proven beyond a doubt.

        This may seem contradictory to what I said about seeing a UFO years ago, but it’s really not contradictory at all. When I say that my family and I saw an Unidentified Flying Object, I mean that literally. We saw an object (a very BIG object) and that big, strange-looking object flew (boy did it ever!) and as it flew, it performed maneuvers and flew in such a manner that none of us who saw it were able to identify what that flying object was. Therefore, it was literally a UFO to us. That is, it was an Unidentified… Flying… Object.

        From my vantage point, it looked about the size of a very large blimp, maybe larger. It was silver in color and looked perfectly smooth and shiny, like the shiny smooth side of a sheet of aluminum foil when it first comes off the roll. There were no windows or doors that I could see, nothing but a smooth unbroken surface, except on the bottom, where there were several colored lights. (Unfortunately, I can no longer recall the pattern nor the colors of those lights.)

        This very large, silver-colored, shiny object flew overhead near my back yard at speeds ranging from what appeared to be a slow-moving aircraft that is about to come in for a landing, to a motionless standstill, hovering almost directly over my head — that lasted for several long heart-palpitating seconds – and then it suddenly accelerated and flew extremely fast, looking very much like the Star Trek “warp speed.” It flew so unbelievably fast that within only about 3 or 4 seconds of it flying up and away from us into the clear night sky, that very large object had turned into a tiny star-like dot and then it vanished from sight! I have never in my life seen any other aircraft fly and maneuver like that one did, not even close.

        But… what was it? Where did it come from? And who, or what, was flying it? I did not know the answers to those questions then and I don’t know the answers now. If I had been the only one to see that, I would think that I was hallucinating!

        Life – just simple, “ordinary life” – blows my mind, all by itself. I don’t need to add aliens to the mix of things to wonder and marvel about. Biology… physics… astronomy… geology… what little I know of these things absolutely boggles my mind.

        Albert Einstein said it best: “The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.”


      6. Alaina

        Exactly! It may very well have been an early experimental drone.

        BTW, I do not expect anyone to “believe” that my family and I saw what I say we saw 48 years ago. Anecdotal evidence is no proof at all, especially after nearly half a century has gone by.

        Heck, for all I know, my mother may have put some magic mushrooms in the spaghetti sauce that night. 😉

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      7. Alaina

        Oh, I forgot, there was that triangular aircraft my husband and I saw flying over Albuquerque several years ago. But with all the Air Force we have out here, who knows anymore.


      8. bpdtransformation Post author

        This is such a fascinating topic that I almost want to go off topic to discuss it. I would blog about it if it were at all related to BPD. Well, perhaps I can say that evil aliens beamed borderline genes into people.
        I think that we are probably alone, at least in the nearby part of our galaxy. If earlier races had become as or more technologically advanced than us, they would have had ample time to make their presence known, given that humans have only existed for the blink of an eye in the big scheme of things. As Stephen Hawking wrote, we are creating risk by projecting our presence into the galaxy, for any real aliens may wish to destroy us. But, I doubt anyone is listening.

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  4. adamjasonp

    This has got to be one of the funniest posts I’ve seen in a long time—turning the human/apes image into “Don’t walk away from me, you slimy bastards.” Dinosaurs and aliens… 😀 But unfortunately, Dr. Beavis & Friends beat you to the punch on BPD.

    I think I see Waldo next to the old lady next in the yellow dress…next to the shirtless guy #25.


    1. bpdtransformation Post author

      Thank you adamjason. Yes it was fun making those captioned pictures. There is so much you can do with animal and dinosaur pictures. And I still didn’t find Waldo (or the mysterious borderline) in that picture. I will look again.


  5. theraineyview

    I just found a study that had intended to find a common pathway explanation for BPD, and I noticed that the four essential traits — emotional instability, negative relationships, identity issues and self-destructive behavior — are barely correlated with each other, and that, of the four, only emotional instability seems to have a strong genetic component, and most people with that gene don’t have BPD, just ADHD, alcoholism, or something else. Well, the thing about that is, emotional instability is just emotional learning ability, but it’s distorted when under stress or improperly trained. The tendency to overreact and read too much into experiences would have been adaptive in someone wandering the forest seeking a safe place to settle and hunt and gather. It would have been a way of avoiding dangers. Just like ADHD is the ability to monitor a complex environment, but distorted by stress and lack of helpful experiences. So some people have genes that say, expect a complex environment with dangers, and move on at the first sign of danger. That’s not a disorder, it’s an instinct. But then they sometimes grow up in an environment that demands a ten-hour attention span and which punishes distressed children for expressing emotions, and then insists that all young adults act as if they have never known pain or uncertainty, and then labels the ones who can’t meet those standards. And some people fall apart for a while. The genes and the environment both play a role, but the genes are just adapted to a better environment.


    1. bpdtransformation Post author

      This is interesting, thanks for sharing. However, I think my theory about BPD being caused by 6,000 year old dinosaurs is more valid than this 4 factor theory. We must not forget how much effort paleo-psychiatrists have put into developing these ideas… 🙂
      But seriously… I don’t pay attention to much of the stuff that goes around as “research” about how much genes contribute to BPD. BPD will never be a valid, reliable condition, and so it is not a fit subject for scientific study. It would be better if BPD were abolished, rather than have misguided research into “it” continue. The problem is that there is no “it” there, just like there is no Sagittarius out there in the stars that make up the constellation Sagittarius.
      Our current understanding of how genes affect and are affected by the environment (epigenetics) is pretty poor. I can’t imagine how many millions of internal and external influences are acting on and being responded to by a person’s brain at every moment. You might like my favorite book on this: The Mirage of a Space Between Nature and Nurture by Evelyn Fox Keller. That really changed how I think about genes and environment. I think it’s more useful to think about genes providing a baseline or template or potential with which the environment dynamically interacts. Genes themselves are changed by external influences (after birth), and they also express themselves in ways that leads the person to change their environment. So it is incredibly complicated and mysterious. I wonder if the current state of understanding of gene-environment interaction is similar to the level of understanding cavemen had about the universe as they gazed up at the night sky.


      1. theraineyview

        *I can’t imagine how many millions of internal and external influences are acting on and being responded to by a person’s brain at every moment.* Exactly. We’re at the very beginning of even grasping how to understand the questions. The book sounds good. I’ll go see if I can find an excerpt.


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