Dating someone with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) is not an impossible task despite what you often read about on the internet.
A relationship with a Borderline is highly possible (and fun) as long as you understand the key principles needed to make BPD relationships work.
Throughout my many years of coaching men and women, I have found that the BIGGEST cause of BPD relationship failure is when the non-BPD fails to establish boundaries early on.
And by boundaries I mean personal boundaries – actions and behaviors that you know are most likely red flags.
And this isn’t just limited to people with BPD – any type of relationship you involve yourself in will be more successful the more you value and respect yourself.
For women, there’s just nothing more attractive than a man that knows what he wants, isn’t afraid to call you out, challenges you instead of chasing you, values himself and yet still has that genuine love for you. Nothing beats that.
For men, while we do tend to focus more on beauty, the killer combo is a woman that’s beautiful and has brains. And most men will agree with the fact that women appear to be more and more beautiful the more confident they are. There’s just nothing like a classy woman walking down the sidewalk like she’s the boss. That aura of confidence just sucks guys right in, makes her so much more beautiful.
The good news it that commanding respect is not that hard. I’ve figured out how to show the women I date that I do respect myself and you’re not going to walk all over me, control me, disrespect me, etc.
Before me move into the meat of this guide, you might be interested in the free “BPD Cheat Sheet” I’ve written:
Got the report? Good. Because it really sets the foundation for everything I teach here.
If you get this stuff down, you’ll see enormous improvements in your relationships over a short period of time. That’s my guarantee.
Here are the important factors that you need to know right now so you can begin to implement these in your current and future relationships:
#1: Avoid The Honeymoon Period
I know that BPD relationships are complicated. Things just happen and before we know it, we’re caught up too deep to pull ourselves out.
Almost every single relationship involves some sort of honeymoon period where you’re both in a whirl of emotional highs. You’re both extremely touchy, can’t stop smiling, you’re in the bedroom as much as possible.
I get it, I’ve been caught up in these whirlwind romances multiple times in the past.
Now I have nothing against getting together with someone you like and enjoying each other…
It only becomes a problem when your fantasies take over and you leave reality.
What exactly do I mean by this?
The most common example is that you’re a few weeks into dating and you’re already supposedly ‘in love’. It’s quite silly because that just isn’t possible. Love isn’t just words you can throw around. Love is a connection that builds over a long period of time.
But I’ve been there and I know how easy it is to believe you’re in love. So why do we do this? Why do we say that we’re in love when it’s not true?
It all starts at these deep-rooted beliefs and fantasies we developed over a long-period of time starting from our childhood.
We all want to be loved and cared for. There’s nothing wrong with that. But it’s really due to these deeper mindset issues when we allow our feelings and emotions to carelessly flow free so early.
Next thing you know, you’re caught up in this “rollercoaster” and you simply have no idea how to slow it down. And it all starts from how we were brought up and what was fed into our mind as a young child. This is why changing your mindsets is the key to success.
Check this article out:
- BPD relationships are complicated – this new article is over 4,000 words long and will give you some killer advice about how to thrive in these relationships. Check it out.
#2: Fantasies and Seeking Perfection
To go a long with what I am saying above, your ideal partner and ‘love’ that you seek is really just a fantasy that you’ve created in your mind over the years. We all have fantasies but it’s important to not try to make them reality.
A BPD will make you feel like you’ve found the perfect partner – if you self-respect.
BPD’s will take advantage of this weakness in you if you let them. But as I outlined in my article about dating women with BPD, it’s not just a BPD that will gain control over you…
There are a lot of people that will manipulate you, lie to you, use you, control you and more. Self-respect isn’t just something you need to be a better partner… it’s what you need to survive and succeed in this world!
I can’t stress how important it is to calm your feelings and think outside your head for a minute. Take notice of what whirlwind romance and don’t let it suck you up. It’s not the BPD’s fault – this is just what happens.
Squash these feelings of loneliness, bored and love-seeking you have and you’ll begin to respect yourself a lot more. Don’t be so quick to jump into any kind of relationship because it fulfills some fantasy you’ve thought about all your life.
Here’s an article you should check out:
- Dating women with BPD – these women can be incredibly confusing when you don’t know what to do. In this article, I share my best pieces of wisdom to make these relationships work.
#3: It’s NOT Your Job To Save/Rescue/Help Anyone But Yourself
I have noticed that a lot of the BPD relationship books on the market are full of techniques, therapy and all this other stuff that you can use with your partner to help bring positive change.
Unfortunately, as long as you’re someone that’s weak, passive, no back bone, no self-respect, nothing will ever help you succeed in dating someone with Borderline Personality Disorder. You’ll just continue to experience the same behavior that’s crushed your happiness.
While you’re here reading this article, I do hope you’ll listen closely to this piece of advice:
The only person you need to worry about is you. You only have control over you and your own reactions, behaviors, mindsets, and more.
Back when I was getting into my first relationships, I was desperate, needy and desperately wanting to help my BPD girlfriends. I felt like I could save them and pull them into the light.
I went about it all wrong just as most guys do. We try to save our BPD partners incorrectly which actually pushes them away even more. We become more unattractive in their eyes. They can’t help but run.
It’s a really big sign of no respect for yourself when you’re spending all of your time trying to make things right in the relationship instead of focusing on your own goals, dreams, desires and more.
Both men and women make these mistakes when dating a BPD. These skills can all be learned, however, which is why I am here for you.
Here are some more articles that are great for developing relationship skills:
- Relationships are about commitment – instead of looking for that interest in your partner, look for signs of commitment.
- Stop a break up from happening – if you feel that your relationship is on the verge of collapse, check out this article to gain more insights.
- Common dating mistakes – these are the 7 most common mistakes people make in relationships. Are you making any of them?
#4: You Must Educate Yourself
By you stumbling across this article, you are already in the process of educating yourself about BPD. Doesn’t that feel great? I really believe my information is the easiest to digest because it’s all based off of real world experience.
It’s important that you understand that men and women with BPD come from different, usually darker upbringings that you and I.
And while that’s usually pretty obvious to most people, it still amazes me how easily it’s forgotten when push comes to shove.
But this doesn’t mean you go ahead and lower your disrespect tolerance. Don’t ever do that! You’re just setting yourself up for more failure down the road.
BPD’s are usually insecure about themselves, they worry a lot, they can get anxious and more. You already know this.
But did you know that all of these things can easily be suppressed when you’ve shown yourself to be someone that’s strong, demanding of respect and 100% not amused by the outbursts?
Yes, this is completely true! I really want you to read my dating a BPD girl article because it has a letter from a BPD woman describing how her husband is great and keeps the relationship calm and fun.
The more you read about BPD from credible sources such as myself, the more you’ll realize how important it is to first work on establishing your own self-respect, boundaries, tolerances and more.
Here are a couple articles about love:
- Why Love Is Difficult – it’s no lie that love is hard. You’ve got to make the most out of it and realize that relationships require work, some more than others.
- The Truth About Love – a lot of people get love wrong. They have a different idea for what it truly is. Here is my take on love.
#5: Find That Edge
Do you have an edge? Do you know what it means to have that edgy side to you that people simply respect and don’t want to mess with?
Bender in The Breakfast Club is an extreme example of what it means to be a jerk. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, then I highly recommend you watch it as soon as you can.
He has an obvious edge to him, does whatever he wants, pisses everyone off without a care in the world and can’t be contained.
You don’t want to be bender. But you don’t want to be the geeky pushover either. You really must find that edgy side to you that isn’t afraid to push people around that get up in your grill.
I had a client email me about how he would just ignore and be silent on the couch when his BPD girlfriend would yell at him. He thought he was doing the right thing because he was non reactive and she would calm down.
However, this is still the wrong way to handle these outbursts. I explained to him how it’s very important to show that you respect yourself, that you don’t like being yelled at, that you aren’t afraid to get up in her space and basically radiate your masculinity all over her.
You don’t run from battle, you don’t cower in the corner when you’re facing a fight. You stand your ground and battle back.
But there is a right way of fighting back and a wrong way. Most people do it the wrong way and become an asshole like bender. Or they do nothing and sit passively like the geek.
It’s important to understand that while a normal girl would dump a nice, passive guy before even getting close to hooking up, a BPD will go out with you, hook up with you, possibly even get in a relationship with you, but leave you the minute an edgy guy enters her life.
Why You’ve Got To Focus On Yourself
I will be the first person to admit that it’s incredibly hard to change yourself. I know it doesn’t seem like it now, but did you know I used to be this insecure, codependent, small-minded, passive man?
It’s why I consistently ended up with toxic women in all of my early relationships. If I’m proof that change is possible, then I really believe that anybody can change. I’m really glad you’re here on my website because you’re hearing from a true success story.
Did you know that when you stop the habit of consistent improvement, you will fall back into your old self and bad habits? I call this the ghosts of the past coming back.
While BPD’s may have had a rough upbringing, I had the type of upbringing where I never learned how to look out for myself and develop that self-respect. I always had people taking care of me and telling me that I need to please others.
It sucks but it’s just what it is. It’s how I was raised. We all have our own unique story of how we were brought up but we don’t have to keep living that way.
When you eventually reach that level where you’re genuinely confident in yourself, you simply won’t allow yourself to be bothered by BPD behaviors and ‘craziness’.
They’ll actually stop affecting you, and you can truly poor out your love to your BPD partner who so badly needs it.
But in order to get to these levels of BPD success, you will need to first work on being a person that people in general respect.
If your family consistently treats you with a lack of respect, if your friends are consistently being dicks towards you, and if people in general just don’t show you respect, how can you even expect to have any type of healthy relationship with a significant other?
It’s simply not possible.
You need to ask yourself questions such as:
- Do my close friends treat me with respect?
- Does my family treat me with respect?
- Do people in general treat me with respect?
If your answer is no to any of these questions or you’re simply not sure what respect is, then this is what you need to focus on going forward.
Get yourself a journal. Sit down for 15 minutes and write out your answers to these questions.
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been there done that. now in the process of commanding respect and sure it pays off! Thanks for writing about what most psychologists don’t even know.
Jennifer lino says
Question how do you start over then post they’re running away episode
Better question: why do you want to start over?
excellent post Rick, keep it up! I think people always forget how important respect is in relationships. If you’re letting a BPD abuse you, then that’s not okay!
This is an awesome and educating website, a little too late for me though. After a year with a BPD girlfriend (I didn’t even know what that meant when I was with her and I am over 50) I finally called the cops on her after she physically assaulted me and tried to run me down with her car. I was more concerned about her craziness than what she did to me. She was arrested a few weeks later and sent to jail for a few days. She was tried and pleaded to a lesser offense. One of the conditions of her probation was “no contact” with me, which I think for the best. Some of the other conditions were no alcohol, no drugs, meds required (I don’t know what they are) and she could’nt go anywhere where booze was served. That would be a killer for and BPD person. I know she has already hooked up with other guys, but I still wish her the best. I get what it means to be a BPD (at least from a non perspective). I do agree that BPD women are very fascinating, intelligent, witty, charming, creative and interesting, but thinking back, I have attracted my fair share of woman like that (and the abuse that comes with it). This last one met all nine of the DSM-IV criteria for a BPD so it was a crazy ride to hell and back. I have decided I will take some time off from dating and work on myself. Spend more time with my children. But looking back over the last year, would I do it again? Hell yeah. That might sound masochistic (which I am not), but I really learned a lot about myself, relationships, and what makes women in general tick. No offense to women at all, but BPD women are like regular women on acid, adderall and steroids. BPD seems so much more prevalent today than in the past, probably has a lot to do with our post WW-2 disposable culture, workaholic work ethic, etc. I have children with two mildly borderline women and I would ask all dads out there, divorced or at home, to spend as much quality time with your kids as possible. Make them feel safe and secure and love them as much as you can. It’s so important and very rewarding. I also think it would help the next generation avoid the abandonment issues that the last 2-3 generations have experienced. Again, great website, your material is upfront and right on.
It’s really interesting knowing that you’re 50+ and continues to prove my point that regardless of age, BPD has the same affects on people that don’t know what it exactly is. The key to dating these women is having YOUR OWN emotions in check. People with BPD feed off of emotions and when you react to their craziness, you are basically feeding their emotions. It’s unfortunate that your woman was crazy like that, but remember that you played into it, you fed it, etc. You are 50% of the relationship. It’s your job to have control over yourself. You have no control over what other’s do.
I agree with you on the children part. Give them all the support they need.
And now you know for the future – regardless of who you date, keep your emotions in check and become independent. It doesn’t matter who I date these days, BPD or not – BPD doesn’t appear in my relationships because I am unaffected by it. That might be a hard concept to understand, but you’ll get it eventually :)
Rick, Killer site but your reply to Chris (btw I am 57 and yea, Didn’t see this coming) I am an expert now!!, Anyway you state “BPD doesn’t appear in my relationships because I am unaffected by it.” In an intro piece I read, you wrote, you are in a RS with a BPD currently and ones from the past are trying to hook up, So if you don’t allow that why are their so many around,, Yea, Jes sayin
They’re around because they live in the same city as me. And they text me. And they call me. I wrote those articles 6 months ago and I am still in contact with them. I’m a relaxed man, I’ve got good mindsets and I’m independent. It’s what all women are attracted to. I also workout, I’m fashionable and I have good, positive energy. People are naturally drawn to me because I am always striving to improve my life unlike most people. I inspire people. It shouldn’t be any surprise that my exes want to stay in contact. They miss what they had. And it doesn’t bother me to remain friends with them. People with BPD aren’t difficult to date when you’re the type of man that I’ve developed myself to be. This is why I help people here so they can realize that.
Very understandable-“you do your thing, I do my thing, but-YOU don’t do my thing.”
Thank you for the very kind words. BPD isn’t that difficult to deal with once you have the right mindsets, knowledge and skills. You really need to establish your independence from the beginning because trying to get these people into a relationship is often a bad move. Even if you two are hooking up from day 1, this does not mean you lock her down.
I have a lot of self-awareness after years battling depression, so I know what my flaws are, but still handled BPD very poorly.
I know how I fed his traits. It’s ying and yang. The more depressed I am or vulnerable, react to his attacks, cry or look weak, the more powerful angry and destructive he becomes.
I know I have his best self, his respect when I am happy and doing my own thing, but he can tell the difference between fake-happy, and real-happy…. so I don’t know how to mask the depression enough not to fed him or put a target on my head.
Obviously at the start of the relationship, one of the things I loved was his compassion towards my depression, as he had gone through that too… so the sudden sadism, was shocking.
Hey Rick, I wholeheartedly agree with what you said. A lot of us (both men and women) don’t know anything about BPD and we do play right into it. And it takes two to Tango. I downloaded your book and found it very insightful, not only for borderline relationships, but any relationship. Great job! I am also reading a book called “No More Mr. Nice Guy”, which has given me a lot of revelations about my own contribution to borderline relationships and why I am drawn to these women and what I do to make things worse. So many guys try to be “nice” and “perfect” and don’t understand why that doesn’t work in a relationship. It never will. It’s a perfect companion piece to your book. So I am shaking off the bad feelings and the financial mess of the last year, licking my wounds and assimilating the lessons learned, and enjoying the summer doing what I want to do. It might not be very exciting or thrilling (like this is the first time I have gone without sex since 1985), but I am happy to be getting to know myself again, spending quality time with my kids, and really appreciating the beautiful world around me (I am a part time professional photographer and see beauty in so many mundane things). One last thought, a few months into my relationship with my BPD ex, she told me that I should “run for my life”. I really didn’t quite get that at the time but since our breakup I have read similar stories from other people in my predicament. If our BPD partner may care enough about us (and/or has a lucid and rational moment), they may very well warn us to leave and never look back. It’s not that they are trying to dump you, I think they just don’t want to drag us into their mad world. So if you are lucky and get a warning like that from your partner, take it very seriously and decide what you want for yourself. It’s a way out if that’s what you want. They are respecting you enough to allow you the choice. It’s a one time offer though. After that, you have to live with your decision. Like Lestat said in “Interview with a Vampire”, “I’m going to give you the choice that I never had”.
Hey Chris thanks for the great comment.
If you haven’t done so yet, check out my post on Codependency. This is the underlying problem to the failure of these relationships and 99% of guys who date women with BPD have codependency issues.
In fact, I have courses on both BPD and Codependency so feel free to check those out.
Hi, I just wanted to say that I found your article very interesting and I am looking for advice, you obviously know what you are talking about. I am currently in the process of being diagnosed with bpd after suffering with the symptoms for as far back as I can remember. I have so many questions and feel like I should give up on the idea of sharing my life with anyone, children and marriage seem like completely alien and un achievable objectives, however I am torn between feeling like it is my right to have a loving relationship, and feeling as though it is unfair to put anyone through being close to me, I don’t want to hurt anyone but my distructive patterns continue and my love/hatred/obsession/disgust/depression/euphoria hit me and whoever has the misfortune to be close to me at the time) In huge tidal waves.
Any advise would be greatly appreciated I am very lost. Joining a nunnery on the other side of the world is not an option.
– when should I tell someone I am dating that I have issues with my emotions?
– how can I help them help keep themselves safe , so that I hae a chance of Somthing loving and meaningful rather than heartbreaking and distructive!?
Yours in anticipation
Do you have any advice for a non woman dating a BPD man? We have been together 3 1/2 yrs and things will seem good for a while than I will catch him on dating sites, he now hides his phone all the time, I snooped and heard a voice mail from another woman telling him I told you I would follow you why dont you answer your phone? I confront him and he denies denies denies.. He had an affair on me a couple yrs ago and I still have anger and hurt over it, he has been been chatting on a dating site after I confronted him about the voice mail even though we supposedly made up and have been going to movies even got a hotel room in san diego and we had a great time.. he went on the chat before or after the movie, and chatted after we got back from san diego after I went to bed late at night.. I dont understand how they can act like they are in love with you, and keep doing that.. its like he is addicted to other women.. he does rage when I catch him but he will never admit to anything.. only the one time when he had the affair and the woman started stalking both of us.. he admitted it, said he made a huge mistake.. he would never do it again. etc.. several months later I found a text on his cell to some woman saying it was so nice meeting her and he would love to take her out sometime.. I thought everything was fine.. it hurts me so badly, and maybe I am stupid or whatever but I keep taking him back.. I do love him very much dispite his bpd and all.. he pays my bills and helps me with groceries, we dont live together.. he wont move in probably cause he wants to keep cheating.. he has that bad side and he has this really caring good loving side.. like jekyl and hyde.. any advice?
I think you can apply most of what I teach. It doesn’t matter if you’re a guy or a girl – at the end of the day, it’s all about making yourself more independent and just being proud of who you are as an individual. This is what keeps you from becoming overly attached to someone due to the fact that you don’t value yourself so much. But at the same time, relationships take two people. So if you’re still being lied to and disrespected, then you must always take care of yourself first. Don’t be afraid to end things for your own well-being.
Hi Cindy and Rick,
I’m also a female, with a BPD male. I can relate to Cindy, with the very strange behaviour. Mine also pays rent, bills, trips over backwards for me.
I wrote some more things here but felt they were too identifying, as my situation is very specific. I’ve left only things that could apply to many BPD men.
He’s not cheating (I would never tolerate that, and made that clear from day 1)
In fact he has been cheated on, so I felt sorry for him, and know he wouldn’t do that to someone else.
When he was in the first year of honeymoon phase, i thought he was perfect. I’m creative, passionate and intense, I don’t have BDP myself, but have depression.
So I have my own clingliness to an extent, and when I saw how emotional/sensitive, yet masculine, assertive he was, it seemed like the perfect combo!
How many kind, generous, strong guys out there are also just as clingy/affectionate as a woman???
He asked if it was ok, and i was blissfully happy with it. Sometimes I was secretly annoyed by someone that almost sits on top of you on the couch 24/7, but I’d rather an affectionate guy, than a cold one.
Then suddenly when the realtionship was going very well, we lived together things are all good…he starts the hot-cold cycle…going in the opposite direction…
This was frustrating as I was studying when we met, had many friends at that time, and he’d get so jealous when I’d speak to them on the phone.
After a year I lost many friends, he got bored.
So before all my socializing, was cause for jealousy, now he mocks my loneliness and lack of social life. Now he also went from an introvert to an extravert, suddenly having all these friends, now I have pretty much none! I feel needy, lonely and dependant.
How he twisted the situation….its baffling. But when he was the needy one, I was kind about it, introduced him to my friends, and did not yell at him about it.
So now I have very few friends…
I can love him, but still feel as soon as its possible I should let go, even though he’s my only friend right now, its a Jekyl and Hyde friend that will suddenly be nasty, so not worth it. Maybe it will force me to start again, sadly all my friends are now mutual friends with him too.
He’s also gone from over sharing, to super-secretive.
I feel BPD will put up and do more than an average person…but in return they give you back any emotional issues 10x..
I think the relationship can work if you have many friends, your own life, so as Rick says when they go cold, you are not alone like me. You need to be able to have people to go cold on them back.
He knows that he has someone to come back to because I’m stuck!
I am still being strong, but it takes him more time to feel lonely than I do, as he was many friends….
So seeing my friends are friends with him…*sigh* He’s more likable on the surface.
I know if I had my own circle of separate friends, I could play hard-ball right back at him, because I would no longer cater to his jealousy, or drop everything for him.
When he wants attention, he wants it then and there.. .if I could walk out I would, despite missing him, out of self-respect, but I don’t have a dime. (or anyone else)
I am aware this is very pathetic, but I don’t even know where to begin or who to talk to, as he was my best friend.
He also said typical borderline things, like how I’m “too nice” which was weird as I felt so sorry for him, about his exes cheating and being bitches. At first he seemed so relieved to have a soft-hearted person like me.
How do they hide their true natures for years???
Dating a BPD man seems to be a much more difficult process than dating a BPD woman. However, the reality is that this isn’t a genetic disorder – it all has to do somewhere in their upbringing, some traumatic experience, lack of real love, etc. I grew up in a loving but basically a religious, anti-sexual/anti-intimacy family and ended up having some major codependency issues. I’ve since fixed these issues. Codependency can be JUST as damaging as BPD behavior. Most of the non’s that get into relationships with BPD’s suffer from codependency. Just like BPD, codependency is a serious disorder and is NOT genetic — it’s due to upbringing. It’s usually caused by parents that put shame on being sexual and even intimate and being honest with your feelings. What ends up happening is that when you grow up, you become desperate for intimacy but you’re also trying to hide these intentions which means you’re not being honest to the person you like NOR yourself. Can anyone tell me of a relationship that worked out when you’re not honest? You become intensely needy and allow yourself to become a pushover just for a little bit of love and intimacy. This obviously creates a very toxic situation.
My family for as long as I can remember teased me about girls from a very young age all the way through high school. They NEVER offered support. I always felt like I was being shamed for liking girls even if this wasn’t there intention at all. Me and all of my brothers rarely ever talked about any girls we knew due to this teasing. I think this is a very common issue. What ended up happening in my case is that I thought it was taboo to like girls. Intimacy becomes this fantasy that I wanted more than anything. Such bullshit. I never told my parents when I was going out with girls, EVER. Because of this upbringing, I ended up becoming desperately obsessed with intimacy. So when I got a girlfriend, I wanted to do nothing but touch her all day. This is classic codependency and extremely unattractive. You end up spending all your time and effort trying to please your partner INSTEAD OF focusing on yourself and improving your life.
I really want to dedicate this site to codependency just as much as it’s about BPD. The reason being that it’s just as serious of an issue. Getting help for BPD means becoming knowledgeable about yourself as well as the disorder. It also means changing your mindsets and dropping this codependency issue you’ve had forever. BPD’s love the attention that codependency people force on them early on, but as with ALL relationships, neediness ultimately is unattractive and so BPD’s run :)
Thank you for your reply. My email did not notify me of a response.
Your reply is candid and I appreciate you opening up and sharing about your life; it’s inspired me to return the gesture in my comment here. You have said some very thoughtful things.
I have come back here after making some changes and progress, but yet again having difficulty with respect.
I now have a wide circle of acquaintances that are not his mutual friends.
Seeing over the 5 + years of involvement with him, it is still incredibly hard to start from scratch as an adult and work on building new friendships.
They are still acquaintances as turning an acquaintance into a friend takes time and effort. But out of this large circle I see maybe three of those people with potential to be friends that I spend time with more often.
You are correct about BPD male being a different can of worms. Most BPD advice is about women with BPD, and there are some things that just don’t apply or are very different ball game.
There are also some core things that are the same.
As far as my unbringing.. It was actually very similar to the BPD! and a little in common with you too.
I find it interesting if you look at the points below, you might see how similar, but slight variations that must have made all the difference.
It still boggles my ming how a slight change in scenarios we both shared resulted in him BPD more prone to rage, and me more prone to depression.
-I was sexually abused over a few years by a male family figure and/ he was raped in a single violent act by another man as a child.
-I was raised by a single mother with no father in picture,/ he had divorced parents and was raised between both.
-He was isolated and alone a lot as child./ I had many friends.
-We both left home at an early age. He did by choice (or so he says)/ I was under pressure to leave. I wasn’t prepared, I felt it hampered me as I didn’t learn many life skills./ He left it forced him to learn his own life skills.
-I had happiness at school with other young children,/ he did not.
-He had anger issues as young adult + daredevil./ I became nervous and the opposite of that. Risk adverse.
-He had parents that always wanted more out of him, nothing was ever good enough./ My mum put a lot of fear into my head and was always a homemaker.
-His parents didn’t have time for him as a kid. /My mum had generous time for me (she was also very sweet), then suddenly withdrew it.
-Besides a period abuse my childhood was happy, /his sounds lonely.
-I had support at some times./He didn’t. The person he trusted passed away.
So similar, but I’m sure you can see crucial differences.
As far as what you said about yourself, sex was not shamed, in fact we had liberal family in many ways. We were also not religious.
However I can relate to negative emotion denial. I’m not sure if this is the crucial difference between him and I.
When I was growing up my mother pulled away as soon as I displayed teenage depression. Sadness and anger were not allowed, and she would eerily smile instead of being sad. Everyone had to be happy and nice. Depression and anger were shamed.
I have improved myself in many ways. Some things have improved, but I still have major respect issues. I tell him I will not accept verbal abuse or swearing or certain rage behaviors but he does them anyway. I’m at a loss of how to enforce the respect as he doesn’t really care if I pull away or do certain things.
His black and white attitude says basically: “be happy/deal with it, or call the police”
There’s no middle ground/solution between love/acceptance and total freak out.
He has not broken any laws, has not cheated, and in his mind verbal abuse is not a crime so there is no punishment…
There should be a middle ground between totally kicking someone out and being a doormat!
I apologize if this was too long!
I am a woman with BPD and I admire this tactic. I’ve actually have told the men in my life to do similar things. It’s like I need to be put in my place. If they don’t, I’ll eat them alive unfortunately. And believe me, it makes me respect them immediately. Thanks for this!
John David says
This is an EXCELLENT write-up, Rick. Appreciate it greatly. In the aftermath of my relationship with someone who might have BPD, I have reflected and pondered, just to help me to get my ‘game’ right. I don’t ‘play games’ with women when dating, but your article confirms what I have come to think: dating IS a game, at first, at least, for many people out there, and respect is so important, as you wrote. I think I tried to establish respect just a little too late, after our ‘honeymoon’ stage, which lasted about four weeks. I was probably too accommodating at first, by going out with her at least three times a week and talking a lot on the phone in between. When we got into the clingy, and then push/pull phase, we had several break-ups, but I stayed calm and got her to ‘stay’ with me. She was definitely playing mind games at this point, probably testing me to see if I was really all in. She even commented at one of these times, ‘Are you done yet?’ I did finally stand my ground back in mid-August when she reached out to me after ten days of no contact..I was just leaving her alone, and then wham, she texted me out of the blue to hang out. I said it was a possibility, but I was concerned. She didn’t like what I had to say, so she told me I was too selfish anyways, take care! After she queried me in response to my text after that, asking me ‘how do you research a heart?’ I just told her that I found out about me and we both deserve to be happy. Now, we’re going on two weeks of no contact. If we were to talk again, I would do what you recommend. Set the firmest of boundaries, no sex, and guard the new boundary(s) like a border collie, or a pitbull ;) Thanks again, Rick, your word is bond!
Hey thanks for kind words. Yes, you have got to establish very early on, preferably before the relationship begins. If you’re dating for two years and you try to change into this new person, your partner won’t believe it at all at first. It can take months for them to accept the new you.
Your words are awesome. I also grabbed your book; good stuff. I split with my ex a little over a month ago. I actually don’t know if she has this disorder but i know she’s got something. She display many of these signs but not as extreme as what has been portrayed. She also displays many signs that don’t fit (taking blame, reaching out, etc). Anyways, i’m a strong person but i let shit slide for a long time thinking she would realize she’s being unreasonable. Finally after the breakup i’m not holding back. I let her know exactly what I’m not tolerating or subjecting myself to with her or anyone. She started calling/text again recently but that shortly ended after i discovered she had cheated. Surprisingly she came out with it all & how “messed up she is”, how much she regrets it, what can she do to fix things, how she’s going to change, etc. I simply told her maybe one day in the future she will have changed & things will be different but things wont be different any time soon. I reiterated what i’m not tolerating & how i am not going to be disrespected or treated badly a second longer. Communication from then on has been sporadic. She’s made attempts to contact me & so have I. Recently, i finally decided to drop all her belongings off at her house since she has STILL not come to get them. This made her lash out in a fit of upset tears followed the next day by an angry text. I simply let her know i did not give her things back b/c of anger but that it was time she have them. She called me “unhinged” which i followed up by a simple “yes, i’m unhinged”.
I know you know when i say this but i feel a very strong attraction towards her. I of course love her but i can definitely move on. While i have no idea if she has BPD or how extreme her illness is, I’ve heard many things about these people either never coming back or coming back to you again. Should i be expecting her to reach out to me one day in an attempt to come back? She’s still very young. If the circumstances were right, i would probably take it slow with her and be the strongest person in the world. But again, i’m not sitting around waiting for this to happen. I’m living my life for me under my terms, end of story.
Apologies again having problems with the site
WE ARE NOT all controlling users who abuse people and chew them up and spit them out when we have sucked them dry.Most BPD’S I know although are hard to fathom underneath the illness are kind loving generous warm hearted people who just want to be loved and not rejected for being ill which this post in my eyes promotes.This post just adds stigma to an already misunderstood illness
Sarah you are absolutely incorrect about my post. You automatically assume that I think that all BPD’s are evil. This is just not true at all and in fact, I’m probably the only website online where I spread positive messages about these relationships. I also have an entire course that is for both BPD’s and non’s because I know that people can change and I’ve coached many people with BPD to completely changing themselves.
You could waste your life dealing with some defective individuals BS (I wasted 27 YEARS) or take the advice of almost every “non”. Drop them like a stone & RUN. Got kids? Take them with you. I would guestimate that there might be 15..20% of women who are worth persuing a relationship with. These BPD ones are toxic to the core for husbands & children. Drop them like a stone & RUN. They are poison.
Robert you’re just generalizing here. Yeah it sucks your relationship ended, but can you really say you wasted 27 years? You got children out of it, right? So are they a waste as well? C’mon man be realistic. Just because a relationship doesn’t last forever does not mean it is a failure. Relationships come and go. That’s life. 27 years is much longer than most relationships so you should be grateful. Be positive instead of negative and stop generalizing.
The girl with uBPD that I dated dropped me a lot of clues that this was how she wanted to be treated, but I didn’t pick up on it until it was too late and our first push cycle had begun (we’re still in it). Examples:
1) One instance when we first started hanging out a lot, I had a set time that I had to leave for another commitment. She really got after me to break off the appointment and stay with her instead. After numerous refusals from me, she apologized and said she was “being a brat” because she wasn’t used to guys telling her no.
2) I mentioned a girl that was really after me at my high school reunion a few years ago. The girl was very hot (in fact, she used to be a stripper – my girl had seen a pic of her and went on about how hot she was). My girl asked me why nothing happened with her and I told her that I was married at the time and I wasn’t going to let anything happen. My girl asked me if I had shut the other girl down every time she tried to make a move, and I told her that I did. My girl then commented that it was no wonder the other girl pursued me all weekend, because shutting a girl down like that makes them want you and come after you more.
3) Often when I discussed my impending divorce with my girl, she would get after me about how I was handling things. She’d tell me that I was being a pushover and that I needed to show some backbone. I needed to define boundaries for what I’d do and what I wouldn’t do, and be absolutely consistent and and stick by them, while being firm, but not being a dick.
4) Whenever I expressed confidence in myself as to my looks and skill with pulling women, it generated an immediate response about how sexy my confidence was and how much women love a man who is confident and shows no fear.
I’ve come to realize that those were subtle ways she was telling me what she wanted in a guy. Like Rick says folks, you have to learn to read between the lines. I’d like to think I’m slowly getting there.
Well she actually told you exactly what guys should do right here: “I needed to define boundaries for what I’d do and what I wouldn’t do, and be absolutely consistent and and stick by them, while being firm, but not being a dick.” This is exactly what I preach. Easier said than done however.
Crawl before you walk. Walk before you run.
You’re exactly right. She told me that in the context of what I should be doing with my soon to be ex-wife, and I didn’t pick up on it in the context of our relationship. Hopefully, she’ll be back around after she’s had “some time by [herself] to think about things” and I can begin putting this into practice.
Thanks for the reply, Rick. I’ve bought and read both of your books and the advice they contain is essential for guys.
hello, was in a three month relationship and then an eight month friendship with a bpd women. I am codependent but have been working on it and I think I am improved as I understand boundaries and balance much better. Erroneously maybe, I kept getting pushed back in especially toward the end of our friendship. I was trying to help her and support her as a friend because of all the crap she was going through. I said I needed a break from the friendship and all hell broke loose. I was called unfaithful and a bad friend. Really it was about me establishing some boundaries with her and being thrown away for it . Anyway, i have recently contacted her because I do care about her as a friend. Its been all me and my efforts. I have done alot of research on the disorder and feel like i know where I stand as I sparked the rejection and abandonment issues and she freaked previously. we had no contact for 5 months and we have actually had decent interaction lately. anyway, i feel like I am in a place now where there is little trust and much fear from her. I wonder why she even entertains the idea of communicating with me. you must understand I see her as a friend, not someone to date. Any advice at this point to try and gain some respect from her, as I am not feeling like I am receiving it. Can you explain more how non-dating relationships between a non man and a bpd women can be improved after being split, especially if there is new communication that seems somewhat amicable.
Dude you broke up with her so why are you trying to entertain her and be her friend? That’s like a slap in the face man. Imagine if she broke up with you and then asked you to be just friends? No one likes to be friend-zoned. If she wants to be friends, then be friends. But if she’s disrespecting you, then ignore her until she changes her behavior. Simple as that.
chim chim says
I’d like to first thank you for writing this. This article is 100% “on the money”. I was in a relationship with a suspected BPDgf for over a year. I say suspected because it was never openly stated. Only after the 2nd (final) breakup did I learn what BPD was. I’d never heard of it before. The fact is, many people don’t know about this disorder. Often people say “oh, maybe she’s bipolar”. She may be that too, but BPD fits her like a glove.
I played it cool, aloof, for many months. Only a few red flags were visible (low self-esteem, some idealization of me, etc). Though a few months in, I remembered she started with the “I’m afraid to fall for you…I’m afraid you’ll leave me. I thought it was simple insecurity, which i’ve seen before. She had many redeeming qualities, so I chose to put the red flags in my pocket for a while. My aloofness for all those months was like a flame to the moth. Things were quite awesome at the 6-8 month mark. I warmed up to her around this time (bad move). The cycle didn’t start until almost a year in (after she met my friends and family, etc…AFTER showing what a considerate “darling” she can be). As time went, I found out more and more about her (childhood neglect, alcoholism, drug usage, possible rape in teen years).
Then the slight put downs (boundary busting) started to occur. I basically blew them off…that was my error in judgement. At the time, it didn’t feel like “testing” to me. I confronted her a few times about the mood swings and the occasional coldness, and that I didn’t exactly enjoy being in her presence when she was like that…but I thought of it as mere PMS (again, I’d never even heard of BPD at the time). We went away for a weekend…all in all it was a “perfect weekend”, until the 2nd night…BOOM. A Major fight about nothing important is what ensued. Next came the extreme jealousy, then the irrationally pointed arguments. If I closed the door differently than before, it seemed “fishy” to her. She started to interrogate me about other women. I’d dated a few jealous women before…maybe she just needed re-assurance…that’s what I thought. Then came the first breakup, a short one, just beyond the 1 year mark of the relationship. She started a fight with me…a prelude to the breakup. I remember saying to her, asking her in a calm tone, “Well, this entire thing/problem is all on YOU…Why are you sabotaging this?”. No answer. My boundaries were being tested, and I didn’t even know that’s what was happening. I truly believed in my mind she was acting this way because our relationship started moving in a direction, and that she was just scared. We were broken up for a few days…she called me. I didn’t answer. I waited a day and called her back. I told her I was going away for a while (which I was)…and wouldn’t be talking to her for a few weeks. I said when I get back, we can talk. When I got back, we saw each other. She acted like she did when things were seemingly perfect in the relationship…full of excitement and happiness. There I was, still in the mindset that she was semi-normal, and just insecure and afraid. I believed, for some reason, that there was hope for her, and maybe us. Though, I remember thinking once, “In the past, I wouldn’t have put up with this…why is this time different?” I started to realize that it was about Control & Manipulation (due to her insecurities). My RESPECT for my self was not 100%, and so was hers for me. I still got a few “shots” in here and there, showing that I was alive. The sex was still as hot as it ever was. When she asked about “other women” coming over when she wasn’t around, I said “You should’ve seen the two (women) that were over last week” (which never actually happened). Her face turned white. Maybe that was just a small “test” of my own. I think I needed to know what was going on in her mind. But, I know that I should have walked away after the 1st breakup. The 2nd breakup happened barely more than 5 weeks after the first.
Sorry for the long-winded story. But to get back to the premise…It’s about RESPECT. You MUST:
1) RESPECT Yourself first (and only)
2) Put her in her place EACH and EVERY TIME she gets out of line (tests you)
(That’s what they do…they TEST YOU.) My aloofness was the wrong way for me to handle the situation.
3) If she breaks up with you, or talks about breaking up, etc…TELL her to go ahead and pack her bags, and to watch her step walking to her car.
4) If she wants to get back together, claiming she’s afraid to lose you, TELL HER that afraid or not, she’s doing a pretty good job at “LOSING YOU” already. If you are not married/or with children, I don’t recommend taking her back if she tries.
5) If indeed you like the excitement and intensity of a relationship like this, and opt to take her back, SET THE TONE, STAY SOMEWHAT MYSTERIOUS, and above all…RESPECT YOURSELF, Each and every time the need arises.
It’s kinda like dealing with barbarians. They only know Respect for the enemy (you) if you Respect yourself and aren’t afraid to show it or act upon it. This may mean extreme actions on your part (and I don’t mean physical actions, I mean tactical actions).
Awesome post, thanks a ton man. I completely agree with a lot of what you said. And that’s why I created this site – to educate people. It’s pretty nice that she waited a year to get crazy on you. My previous BPD started acting like this 4 weeks into the relationship, lol. We dated for 9 months and it was always up and down. I do think you handled yourself well. These relationships are actually great learning experiences. After dating a BPD, if you actually learn from it you become a rock solid dude. I became much more attractive in general and due to my mindsets and behavior in these relationships, my exes still text me every now and then lol.
Bpd Sufferer says
Reading comments I totally support this article but feel sad people have such a terrible opinion about borderlines, we are all individuals and while our disorder influences us it doesn’t totally define who we are, I happen to be the most loving and giving person you could meet, I struggle with abandonment issues however and seperation but I fight to get better with every bit of will I have, it’s a terribly painful disorder and I will never say its not hard on the non bpds because it must be such a struggle, I have made so much progress the last 6 months and what I will say is it takes all different people to make the world go round and even a non bpd can be an arsehole, it’s how hard you try that matters…. I do not self harm, I do not cheat and I take responsibility for my b.s, my boyfriend is very proud of me and I hope this inspires other bpd sufferers to seek help, it can be done, it’s raw and painful but the benefits outweigh the negatives…. A bpd individual can be creative, empathic, loving and so much fun to be around, it’s just learning the triggers and ignoring the emotions that aren’t really real. Please try not to alienate those of us who genuinely have suffered and do not wish to do anyone harm, we are individuals and do not wish to be lumped together. Brilliant post however, noone should accept abuse of any kind and there should be boundaries and self respect in any relationship, bpd sufferers should not by pass this
Thanks for this comments. At the end of the day, there are bad people and good people. A personality disorder doesn’t define who you are. As we know from all the shootings going on, prescription drugs trump any type of personality disorder like BPD. I would date a BPD over a ‘normal’ person on meds any day. I focus on educating people about BPD because I have had a lot of experience, but the fact is that there are much more deeper issues going on than just a personality disorder. It’s a label and nothing more. If you’re with someone that’s abusing you no matter what you do, forget the labels.
I’ve found a girl through a dating website who let me know only 3 weeks into our conversations that she is BPD. She wants to date. How do I get out of this – she knows my name and my phone number?
Ignore her calls.
chim chim says
I hear what you are saying and I feel for you and your condition. I don’t doubt that you are a caring person and the other points you have made. My ex got pretty much the best “me” I could give, or have ever given in a romantic relationship. I cared, but never smothered her. The hardest thing for me is knowing that we truly had a mental connection. When things took off in the relationship, we just clicked. I know that she cared about me. But her own dark, depressive swings were so hard on her, she had so little to give. I could also see it in her face as plain as day, and feel it. After many many months, she made the statement “What’s the point of all this? Life?” I was floored. I replied “Why are you saying this?” She said this 2 days after we had an excellent time out together. It was crushing. Her self worth was so low, and it would manifest itself in different ways like this. Another time she told me that she was a “bad person”. I told her she was not a bad person, and cited the ways that she was good. Her 2nd, part time job entailed working with troubled kids (probably due to her own family situation). Once, a young girl (a child case) was leaving the institution. My ex cared about her so much, and bought her gifts to take home. Her “good points” were clear, and I brought light to them by telling her how highly I thought of her for caring about these kids this way. She would immediately belittle her own actions by replying, “oh well, it’s just my job”. She IS a good person. She just doesn’t know how to believe that, or to believe in herself.
Look, I can say to you that I LOVE this girl…maybe more than I’ve ever loved anyone. I know her good points, and I haven’t forgotten them. It’s part of the reason why this is so difficult for me (and probably for other non-BPD’s on here). If this girl/woman was a b!tch or just evil, moving on would be far easier on me (and I wouldn’t be here commenting on this site). It’s HARD because I DO care. I DON’T HATE her. I do however hate the manner in which she handled things. When things got rough, I proactively asked her, “Do you want to see other people? Do you want me to start seeing other people?” She replied “No” each time. I’m pretty sure she cheated on me (with my replacement), which maybe evidenced by the jealous accusations (possible shame projection of her own transgressions). Still, I DON’T HATE her, as hard as I may try. I think I will love her as long as I’m alive. I’m pretty solid nowadays, but I still think about her everyday. I’m dating others, but still, I think about her. I don’t know how long it will be before I can truly “want” someone else the way I wanted her. I’m angry because of this fact. I’m angry because of the way she sooo wanted me to fall for her, and did so many things right to ensure that. And when I finally did, after all those months, she began to recede and push me away. I’m angry about the lies, etc. I’m selfishly angry because I thought in my mind she could’ve been “the one”, and that my friends and family liked her so much. I’m unselfishly angry because of her condition, and what it has done to her.
Her mother/experience did one he!! of a number on her. But, I KNOW SHE IS GOOD, somewhere inside.
Reading all these comments just further confirms what I have been dreading these last few weeks. I feel the same as you. I’m so in love with this girl but she’s now starting to push me away and I’m afraid this whole thing is going to fall apart any day now.
Let her go man. Don’t chase. Dating 101.
I am a bpd sufferer waiting to be formally diagnosed and wanted to commend you on this page and forum. It is very accurate and gives lots of practical tips for survival.
The problem is that like myself many women do not know they suffer from bpd and have been misdiagnosed for years so can’t possible begin to understand the condition themselves. I have just ended a four year relationship again ( I have lost count of the times I have ended it previously). The site highlights the condition and raises awareness which can only ever be a good thing. The people who are offended by this site are missing the point.
Exactly. BPD is a generalized label. That’s why my BPD course is focused on not labeling and actually approaching the issues in your own unique point of view. It’s really easy to just label your partner as BPD and then blame them for everything. I truly believe that it’s possible for everyone to have control over their emotions, some more than others, but still… Either way, admitting there’s a problem is half the battle. Both men and women in relationships need to talk to each other about issues and not ignore them and hope they go away like most people do.
Hi Rick, I moved in with my girlfriend a few nths ago and I’ve recently ust discovered my girlfriend has bpo. Things would be good for a few weeks then BOOM out nowhere she blows up at me and I’m like what the fuck did I do. Once I did my research and came accross this site and others did it all start to click. I am too nice to her ,always trying to be there for and worry about her needs and forgotten to care about my own well being. Needless to say I’m doing exactly what I shouldn’t be doing with someone who has bpo but like I said I didn’t even know about it up until recently. You said on one of your posts to never move in with a bpo but I want to know if I already have can I change my behavior towards her as you say and expect to be able to make it work and continue living together? I told her to move out the other day because I told her I’m sick fighting with her but what should be my next move? I do love her and i know she loves me , I just wish I found out earlier so I could’ve handled things differently e.g understand her disorder better. Thanks
Just found this site, and this thread has made the biggest impact on me. The conversation between Rick, Sarah, and Amanda…blows my mind. “A non can walk away whenever they want”-Amanda..really? How about when your BPD gf, threatens you with suicide if you leave? “You NONs complain too much, seriously :P (hehe)”-Amanda. Complain too much?!? deal with a person with your disorder for a few months, before making such a statement. You will never be able to comprehend the pain that non deals with a BPD, cause you see the world in a completely different view from non’s. Is it really a disorder, or are these women just self-absorbed people. I have felt sorry for too long, but every time I read about this disorder from a BPD perspective, its always “poor me”, what about the shit you put people through? Ironically, by expressing that you were the victim (both Sarah and Amanda), you have proven the complete opposite. BPD’s can be treated like princesses, as I have with my ex…and you will get misery in return.You (BPDs) just want to be loved, yet you push away those that love you, and blame those that love you for not loving you enough..mindfuck. I am trying to get myself back, as I have lost a huge part of myself pleasing someone that gave me shit in return. She cheated, abused, lied and deceived me. These men that deal with this are good kind-hearted people, they search online for answers, swallow their pride and stick by their BPD partner despite friends and family advice to leave. Treat them like shit and they stick around….have fun dancing with the fucking devil.
P.S. Rick I am so sorry to be saying these things but its become a reality for me. I have lost all hope and respect for these women. Please persuade me otherwise.
I have a 44 yr old woman whom I love unconditionally for four years. She was raped by her brothers from age 13 to 15 and kept it a secret for 25 yrs. I have always been there for her and very forgiving when she has acted out, cheated, etc. She is a sex addict. I thought she beat it. She went to classes to figure out why she would degrade herself and said she did figure it out. She was so proud of doing that and happy. I was so proud of her. She thanked me for being and staying in her life. She always told me i kept her stable and kept her from her worst enemy, herself. That was so special. That was six months ago. She moved out last month to her own place to supposedly work on some issues. What i didnt know as that while she was in the process of moving out and telling me how much she loved me, she was texting a guy who she had an affair with 1.5 years ago. That was devastating. Whats really inhuman is that at her work there’s a 24 year old who shes been sleeping with for yrs. The man she is with now is this 24 yr old’s uncle. In one of her texts I saw last month and this dropped me to the floor is she texted this nephew about sex, describing how nothing was happening. The nephew text back too her asking dont u watch porn and her reply was yes. This I couldnt believe what I was reading. When i approached her about it crying, she said it was just a power thing. I’ve been trying to talk to her, reach her true logical self. I cant, she is in denial of what she is doing is immoral n deplorable. Im afraid for her and where she will end up. I really love her and cant stop crying that shes dancing with the devil. I talked to her last friday and told her she was in denial of her terrible self destructive and degrading existence. She unbelievably texted back that she was completely happy and really loved this guy and for me to move on and leave her alone. I text her back n told her that she is is like a monster. I told her that her decisions and terrible addiction has caused her to throw her life away. She is living a nomadic existence, loss of her true self, loss of innocence and truth… so sad and tragic. She has called and called the past week. I didnt answer the calls. Dhe called twice last night. Please help me.
This is a classic case where you think you own her life and her decisions and that you know better than her. Dude, she likes to have sex. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not immoral, she’s not dancing with the devil. The only thing immoral here is you thinking that you know better than her, that you have some moral authority over her. It’s her life, she’s going to do what she does. You’re coming up with all these excuses for her behavior and that’s just not fair. That’s called judging. We both know that you wish you were the one doing all these naughty things with her. You aren’t fooling anyone…
Hmm, well this post has nothing to do with fear and controlling. Plus you’re comparing a gun to threatening to leave a relationship. But I never actually said to threaten to leave or whatever. Don’t know where you got that. And no, DBT doesn’t work. If it did, I wouldn’t be coaching people that have tried DBT on a daily basis. But go ahead and keep reading your BPD books. They’ve obviously got you scared. Ever wonder why certain people out there have no issues whatsoever with their BPD partners? Think about it…
bryan stallard says
I,m pretty sure my (ex?) woman has this disorder to some extent. I also think that I display some of the co-dependant signs. The relationship is 80% great but very tempestuous the rest. She drives me totally nuts at times which is very unlike me as normally I’m easy as a summer breeze. She can turn on and off like a light. Clingy as a blanket, cold as a dip in lake Superior. The biggest thing for me tho is she won’t get a job! I have been paying her way for over 2yrs. ALWAYS an excuse! Is this in any way typical for BPD? I don’t understand how she can remain flat broke thru life. How big a role does alcohol play into this? …..bryan
Yea you need to get her off of your support. Time to make an ultimatum bro. Either she gets a job or you leave her.
Mine was the same. ..barely ever worked. ..always some excuse…she’d maybe give me $30 to help with the bills for the month…wtf.?…just like a child…she’s 55 and still lives this nomadic life with never any money…now I’m totally in debt cause of her bs. ..it all happened gradually though. ..she was from USA so couldn’t work in Can at first…then once married I was responsible for her…ya I got scared cause I was concerned for my family if she fkd me over…
Sorry to hear Bob, that really does suck. Yes it’s absolutely true that age MAKES NO DIFFERENCE when it comes to BPD. In fact, BPD’s get worse as they get older as long as they don’t fix their issues. I talk about this a lot in the new BPD book I’m writing so I can’t wait to get it out to the world.
I should send this to my ex …
I am also a BPD sufferer who basically told him if he doesn’t have a spine, I will eat him alive. And I did. I also walked away, which a lot of people are probably thinking, “isn’t he lucky” … he probably is lucky in some respects, but so am I … i can further work on myself. i do not plan to be in another relationship because I am that well aware of my actions that I am better off alone for the forseeable future (guys can now breathe a sigh of relief, bahahahahaha). And I am comfortable enough in myself that I can be alone and enjoy my own company.
I did DBT for 2 years and I agree it does jack shit. I took myself off ALL medication (with the doctors help, I don’t need more issues in my head through doing it the wrong way), and the only difference in that is, I can think and feel a bit more then when on medication, instead of walking around like a zombie.
I will say I am sick of the false portrayal on ill informed websites about what exactly is BPD … this site, I am pleasantly surprised about which is nice …
Thanks for the great comment and proving the fact that DBT does jack shit, along with med. The solution in today’s society is ‘If you’re different, go to the doctor. Get on med. Get therapy.’ What a fail.
wow, just wow
My mind has been absolutely blown when I read about BDP for the first time last night, as weekend just gone I think my GF and me split up – we had a text argument about something really stupid, I cant even remember what, and her last one to me ended something like ‘dont ever text me again’, the next day I deleted her from my FB, that night another text from her ‘nice to see you deleted me from FB, didnt take you long did it. Take care’. well last night I was trawling through to see what I might have done wrong, and came across BPD – it is her TO A TEE. I just wish I would have found out a few months ago so I would have handled it better, I put it down to PMT and her having the injection. She hasnt been back in contact with me, and I havent with her either…..
Thanks for the info Rick. I stumbled upon this site looking for something else related to bpd, but im glad i did. I’ve been dating a bpd girl for 6 months now, and its had its rougher times, but i figured some of this out on my own and im glad i have this validation that my actions are the right ones. im caring and stern. It took a few months to figure out, but out of desperation i found that when i appeared to stop caring, she almost instantly changed her attitude. When she tries to hit my ego, i just smile and laugh it off like you suggested and it works every time. we still have our issues but we manage. Anyway thanks for your hard work. Saves the rest of us non’s alot of heart break.
Great to hear man :) These women just need a strong man in their life who won’t let them walk all over them. Glad you are doing well.
Rick, I just found your website today and bought your e-book. I thought my girlfriend was just crazy but she does have abandonment issues. Initially when I started dating her our honey moon phase lasted about 6 months. Sex was amazing. She would text and e-mail me all the time. Of course I would do the same. And over that course I became a wuss and coddled her at her beckon. Then we got into one fight and boom she completely changed over night! And after reading everything in your e-book and website is exactly how things are happening! After things hit the fan and I’m trying to figure out what’s going on. Everything you’ve stated is true! However I’m learning to be a man and be strong. I notice when I’m nice and caring giving her attention she like pulls away or acts mean to me. However, I’m just holding strong and being indifferent. She is affectionate and cuddly. It’s like a night a day difference! I couldn’t understand her behavior until after I read your ebook and website! I just need to man up and be like a rock! Regardless how things go with my girlfriend. I am comfortable knowing I am a better man through it all. I feel empowered and not so helpless by my BPD girlfriend. Thanks!
Hi, Im a BPD woman and I can tell you why we pull away when your caring and attentive….. its like playing with a cat you know sometimes they like to be pet and then they snap at you when they had enough… its the same with us, we love attention but the minute we feel smothered we bite… its unfortunate but sometimes its a (on our terms) kind of thing…. im very affectionate and caring and loving but the minute you give me the same in return or too much of it I get overwhelmed. and need a break. I dont like being alone (not in a relationship) but im so used to having my space…I hope things work out for you. we can be great women.
Great cat analogy :) That’s actually how all women are to be honest.
lol! that pretty true.
DUDE YOU ROCK!!!! iAM GONNA DEMAND RESPECT FROM MY bpd….
I have not read your book, however, the one MAJOR flaw with the thinking here is the fact that BPDs need control of situations since their own lives are such an emotional maelstrom.
Guys (and yes I said guys….women dating a BPD I apologize for this), the one major thing they will do is GET PREGNANT. You can play the Gone With the Wind card (my BPD ex loved that movie) over and over but eventually you will be having sex without a condom and the risk of getting her pregnant goes thru the roof. At that point, they have control and guess what? With control they lose respect for you.
The moral of the story? You cannot win (BPDs are infamous for creating no-win situations and this is a BIG one). Do not trust them to be on the pill. They are chronic liars.
How do I know this? I dated one on and off for 3 years and when she sensed I was done and emotionally leaving her she went off the pill. Three weeks after breaking up she TEXTED me that she was pregnant. Yes, texted me. Classless.
Basically, she attempted to hi-jack my life. No happy ending for her on this one. I fought back and Lord only knows what she feels now.
Guys…..these women will entrap you and that is that flaw to the control strategies presented. Your “control” is not real if your gun is loaded. And even if not, she may cheat on you and you could end up with an STD (yup….got HPV from her too).
Like Robert said, RUN!
You don’t win with these women. Mine loved it when I simply threw her down on the bed and went at it with her when she misbehaved. Yeah, they can play that game but they hold the cards (house ALWAYS wins…..think Las Vegas….you can win sometimes, but you will ultimately lose).
I speak from experience. And I have some wisdom here. I am not a young buck (think more along the lines of Bambi’s dad, lol).
When mine got pregnant and we got back together for a short period her demands were crazy (money, cars, moving in with her own bathroom….OMG!). A month or two later (after first trimester so she could not abort my child), I filed a protective order against her and her house of cards began to crumble.
The silver lining to this story is I have a beautiful baby and I am winning the custody battle. God works in strange ways……
I agree with you completely as dating someone with severe emotional issues just isn’t healthy. That’s why my focus is not about dating a BPD but instead about developing yourself to be a great person which will only bring you great relationships. But, it requires that you don’t fall for those emotionally wrecked women. A lot of guys still do. It’s my goal to help people become the best they can be which will weed out the emotionally weak partners. And that’s the direction I am now going and what my new book is all about :)
I am a lesbian and my ex girlfriend after looking up on different web sites I see that my ex has this disorder. Do you have an email address Rick?
I have a contact page where you can email me but realize that I’m extremely busy and 99% of my time is helping customers. Thanks :)
I have a very tricky sitation going on with my girl and the article actually made me more confused as to what to do. So I see/have sex with my gf(she has BPD traits but not sure if she really is one) once every 10 days or so, but we chat almost daily. I want to see her more often – like once or twice a week. You say not to be passive in the article and to raise my voice and set boundaries. On the other hand though, if i say i want to spend more time with her, isn’t that needy? Once or twice a week is not a lot for me but for her, who knows? Just to clarify we are exclusive. In the beginning of our relationship like 3 months ago i raised my voice about seeing her more often, she took it very personally and said that she wants to have her freedom and doesn’t want to feel forced to do something and we nearly broke up, so i am a bit hesitant what to do now. What should i do in my situation?
Rhett Butler’s the man.
This is funny. When I realized I had BPD, I had already screwed up my relationship. I can tell I’ve been through a lot of those situations on my last relationship. And add another person who is emotionally instable, you’ll have the recipe for disaster and a lot of suffering.
I gotta say that some assumptions you’ve made are not true to me.
My ex-boyfriend was constantly complaining about me never telling the truth about how I felt (because I was constantly changing my response and my behavior towards our relationship).
That’s when I started playing a chess against I don’t know what. I was constantly watching my behavior, filtering my emotions, trying to be consistent, planning how to say things to him, trying to predict the next move, my next emotion. It was so heavy on me. And on him as well, because I wouldn’t complain or say anything, but he could tell I wasn’t ok. And he kept accusing me on lying and not telling the truth about how I felt.
So, no matter how I acted, if I told him how I actually felt (and that is the emotional roller coaster), I’d be inconsistent, and a liar. If I tried to take control of my actions (because after years learning and trying stuff, I still can’t truly control my emotions), I’d be a liar as well.
When the relationship turns into a game, there’s no way of winning, because you’ve lost when you started to play it.
I’ve talked about BPD with my current boyfriend since the day we met. Yes, I was that traumatized. And yes, we started dating within less than a month since we’d met.
It took him some time to understand. He said he felt like I was trying to push him away for saying all those things about me. We talk thing through. We spend a lot of time just talking. When I feel like I’m just no good, I tell him, and I tell him that I need time alone. Because any social interaction would just be destructive to me and to others.
I try to cope with BPD, depression and anxiety disorder. My advice for anyone who wants to deal with a person with BPD would be to just don’t mix personal problems with relationship problems. BPD is a personal problem. Anyone who has it, will have it, you being around or not. That doesn’t mean that you can be insensitive to the person’s feelings, because they are true (even if it last for a second), and the person is suffering with them as well. Just try to talk things over. Make sure you both understand what’s going on. If things are too much for you, and the relationship becomes a burden, then you both are not ready for that. And understand that as you are doing your best to make it work, so is the other person.
This was a great article. I have never been more confused in my 30 years of living, since a recent breakup just left me completely shocked and…of course heartbroken. I could not for the life of me figure out how it went from ‘You’re the love of my life’ to ‘I don’t think you love me, I need space’ to ‘I can’t sleep at night i miss you so much, I want my heart to be yours but I don’t know if that’s possible since you’ve hurt me so much’ to ‘BAM. never talk to me again, I’ve moved on’. It was a cycle I wouldn’t welcome on my worst enemy. Sure, I could have taken my confidence and walked away, but I fought for what I believed in, which at the time was love, and since I was told I did such a crummy job at loving him, all that made me want to do is try and fight harder–which probably looked more weak in his eyes. Anyway, it was all so….strange. I should’ve known from the beginning: I was the chase–always the one that he was pursuing, and he’d send me pages of emails at the beginning with way too much info about his past and opening up, telling me he had a persecution complex but had gotten better in time….he’s a successful surgeon who is beyond good looking, so I couldn’t even understand it when he would constantly tell me how ‘insecure’ he was and how he felt he never fit in anywhere. At the time, I found it to be endearing; that someone could be so painfully honest with themselves, but the more I think about it, the more I saw how much he wrestled with the fact he didn’t fit in, but blamed me at times for making him feel that way. He didn’t drink much at all, and constantly felt people judged him for that, yet what was ironic, was when I drank (had more than one glass of wine) he’d get uncomfortable, which had me walking on eggshells whenever I did want a glass of wine. I brought it up to him one night, and he got really upset and basically broke up with me, saying he can’t make me happy. Ahhh just writing this stuff out makes me sick to my stomach, b/c I knew it wasn’t healthy to make up/break up every week, but somehow I was convinced it was my fault, which is why I would always fight for us ot get back together. I had a communication problem, as he said, and my approach was horrible (he was right in that I would often get frustrated and not know how to get my point across, so in that I can def see hurt feelings) but to always end it….it took such a huge toll emotionally on us, b/c I spend the bulk of our relationship, working to get back together. Towards the end, during our ‘space, is when I really lost my self respect…..I didn’t know he had anything wrong with him, and couldn’t understand how he would go from one extreme to the next (one night it was 6 hour conversations about the past and words I said to him when we first met–he would always bring that up and never seemed to get over it…) and then the next night it was ‘i dont’ want this anymore..’ and then the next day it was another 6 hour conversation…ALL about his feelings…and how I made him feel. I asked him’well hey..what about all the good times..all the amazing coversations we have had together’ and he openly admitted to me that he blocked those out, b/c he needed to protect his heart now, since I had broken it. I realize I was in a no-win situation, but I realize that only now, 4 weeks after we split up for good…and the things that followed our breakup were devastating. This guy told me he was left by his ex wife (7 years ago) on his bday and it crushed him beyond repair and he hated that he never got the closure from her…so for him to do almost the same thing to me, I couldn’tmake sense out of. He screamed at me when he ended things for good, telling me to never contact him again and that he had moved on, and so I went on vacation with some girlfriends to try and heal, and there was a pic taken with some of my guy friends on a sailboat which I am guessing he saw on lovely Facebook, although he took me off his friends beforehand, yet kept one of my closest friends on–not sure why–but he obvs saw the picture, and though he claimed he had moved on and never got jealous, a day later, he posted a pic of him and some new girl and put ‘in a relationship’. Mind you, this guy hates FB and is 35 years old, so very disturbing behavior and I couldn’t make sense why he’d do that. Then he reached out to my friend saying he would like to talk to him, but my friend just called him out on how bad it looked and how it looked like I was cheated on…ANYWAY…this was 2 weeks ago and I haven’t reached out or reacted to the whole relationship crap–just can’t believe how quickly they’re able to move on. I am not a therapist, so it’s not like I am certain he has BPD,but so much does make sense about it. He once told me he was so scared of someone really getting to know him (yet it was his dream), b/c in the end, he thought I would be sorely disappointed. I know that any negative words I said, he pounced on, and would somehow revise history a bit to almost convince himself that I was not a good person to him. Anyway, not sure if this all makes sense, at this point I am just writing. I am heartbroken, and damn, what I’d give for the guy to just reach out to me, apologizing for the behavior and give me a solid ending (sounds so cliche but..)…it’s the feeling I have of being so easily replaced and…need I say worthless. It’s a daunting feeling…and feeling tricked. I DO have self confidence, but my heart just fell so damn hard and it has really just messed with me. Anyway–thanks for reading, and posting this article.
I am a BPD woman and you are so right! me and my ex boyfriend just called it quits again and I got really tired of the back n forth and I know my triggers and I tried explaining that to him but for some reason my back n forth feelings get the best of me. I know I care for him a lot n love him but when I get aggravated or annoyed I question my true love…. I cant stand when he constantly vows his love n dedication but not because I don’t appreciate it but just because I don’t need the constant reminder. I want him to have a backbone and not be so quick to do for me cause like I have told him before, everytime he says im gonna be there for you I will do anything for you, I tend to respond with “I didn’t ask you to be my rescuer, I don’t NEED you to do anything for me”.. but when I have asked for something and I feel he is ignoring me I go into a “you don’t care about me and you ignored me so I dont ask for anything anymore cause I feel as if he disappointed me. I tell him all the time to review BPD and he will have a better understanding on why we have these ups and downs.. but I dont like to be smothered and he is such an awesome guy any normal woman would be blessed to have him by their side. Its just hard for me to adapt to him since I am used to rocky relationships and my childhood definatly plays a huge role on why I developed BPD. I am what is considered a high functioning BPD whereas I know my triggers I acknowledge my condition and I have worked on calming down my rages when I get angry and I do want to get help. Everyone deserves to be happy, its just harder for me (us BPD women) to believe that we are capable of being happy and not hurt like we have been over and over again. I dont like that he gets his feelings hurt by me and I do apologize to him, but I also tell him the things I dont like…but he continues to do them..i wish him the best and I pray one day I can overcome this damn thing so I can have my chance at happiness….
Eh, to me BPD is blown way out of proportion. Guys that understand women don’t really deal with these types of relationships. Like I no longer date women with any sort of attention whoring or emotional issues because it’s annoying more than anything. It’s like having to baby sit a 10 year old at times. Yea I used to date them and I have none of the problems that others have with them, but that’s because I learned like you said on how to treat them. When you figure out this fine line, it changes from a rocky relationship into an annoying one because she starts doing odd things for attention – just like a cat.
The solution for girls with BPD, and I continue to say this over and over again, is for them to simply get busy with hobbies and date a man that’s also a busy guy. You’ll learn quick fast that you can’t pull the same stuff because you’ll lose a great guy. You can’t push him away because he’ll just move on to one of the 18 other girls that are pursuing him. And you cant get clingy because youll push him away.
The problem with a lot of BPD girls is that they continue to date chump after chump – because the chump guy will put up with that poor behavior. And this makes things even worse. Or better yet, get in a long distance relationship because then youll have no choice but to only see your partner every weekend or less. These seem to be the only relationships that ‘work’ these days for BPD’s. However, I don’t recommend long-term relationships for normal people because they suck! Only a chumpy dude would hop on that train.
I agree, but I am a very busy mom and I cannot stand when a guy cannot understand that, they want my undevoted attention but I cannot give that, for instance the constant calls,,,i can say I will call you right back and then two minutes later my phone is going off the hook and texts after texts with things like “oh your too busy to pick up your phone what are you doing” and then when I blow a fuse and get pissed off im the wrong one? Im a mother of 4 great children, I work full time and when I have time to breathe from being a mom or working, im doing stuff like laundry cleaning shopping for food etc (still doing mommy things), I prefer to be with someone who is not an attention seeker and not so mushy, I am looking into seeking counseling, and I just don’t have the “time” to be in a relationship so I don’t want to be tied down at the moment. can you blame me? im trying to get myself in order with this emotional issues and im already busy as it is. I try to control my anger bursts but sometimes I get pushed to far and its not fare when im trying to control this thing lol.
Honestly, this clumps BPDs into a simple category, but do we do that for the entire population of the human race? No. This pertains to people with BPD as well. At least this article is geared to the idea of helping people out with dating sufferers dealing with BPD.
Firstly, I suffer with BPD and am currently seeking two forms of psychiatry help which has help me improve dramatically. For me, if you treat me good, I will treat you good too. If you treat me like crap, I will either treat you as so, or leave. I am quite self-aware and know that I am not the only person who is. I am a honest, thoughtful, outspoken, positive, and caring individual. Like all people, I do have mistakes and I learn from them as best I can.
To tell you the truth, I make start off head strong when it comes to love. I have an idea what kind of man I am dating. Its when his true colors show and he turns out to be something not at all like what I thought he was like, this is when I lose interest. Like this time, I began a relationship with a man that I perceived as smart, independent, humorous, and affectionate. After three lovely months, his true colors surfaced. It took time. He turned out to be demanding, possessive, needy, negative, and bossy. It took time for me to break up with him, but one evening, he was so rude to my twin brother. I dumped him.
Now that I’ve been in therapy for over two years and still counting, I take things more slowly and get to know the man I am dating much more. As of right now, I am mainly focusing on recovering and on my education.
I’d like to see some articles written by the professionals covering BPDs from a more intellectual light instead of reading articles from men who’ve encountered mean girls who’ve torn them to bits. In fact, in most cases…its just from one measly relationship and often, its in the perceptive of a uneducated individual who simply ruins the image of BPD. I’ve talked to many professionals and they have informed me to not believe any of the negative garbage online.
Most of us with BPD are not as horrible as depicted in the media and online. You cannot clump a huge population together and say they are all like this. Some of us are actually quite opposite. For me, I only have 3 symptoms of BPD. It only takes two, so think about that.
Thanks for reading.
Actually I’m very clear that BPD is different for every single person that has it. That’s why you have to apply everything to your particular situation which is what I’ve been saying. I don’t even like using the word BPD anymore because I hate clumping people into categories.
I agree entire as another girl with BPD AND Bipolar II. Not all of us are out to hurt you, (ie, cheating, lying, etc). We just don’t open up as easily. And can you blame us? The world’s a quack…
Yup, a lot of it is society as well. People are selfish and have all these expectations. So I’m just here to spread the good word :)
I just wanted to concur with much of what was written above. I am dating someone I suspect has BPD or at least abandonment issues and lately things have gotten rocky. I have instinctively been challenging her, even pulling the Rhett Butler act and laughing at her when she expresses these irrational fears about other women. I am not a chump, by the way, but there is just a certain sweet, innocent quality to my girl that allows me to see the good in her and makes me want to be there for her if I can. She is contrite and apologizes when she knows she has gone too far. She is great looking but has never married because maybe nobody has taken the time to understand her. If there are techniques that can settle her down, there is no doubt in my mind that a great girl lies underneath … a hidden jewel that I might have been the only one lucky enough to find and the only one smart enough to understand her. I think I’m doing this for the right reasons, not out of weakness but out of strength. But am I delusional?
i am amazed at what i am reading. ive been suffering for many years and went thru many relationships thinking that i am now unworthy of love because i simply can’t love like other people do, and i will end up hurting people who care about me. I recently broke up with an ex because i couldnt take the rollecoaster i was putting him thru anymore, i was hurting him constantly and he simply couldnt understand why i was on and off from day to day, and i couldnt find the words to explain to him whats wrong with me or even help him cope or know what to do. I thought i was going crazy and doomed for life, because i know i am letting go of a great guy because of a disorder i have to live with. Ive given up the thought of being happy with someone because i know i will be happy for 2 days and then careless for 5 days for absolutely no reason, and being attacked with questions such as “why are you cold, what is wrong with you, what did i do, do you love me, you dont care about me anymore” angers me because i feel like i can’t be myself and i can’t control who i am, this creates even more distance until the person just becomes hurt and i get even more angry and depressed because im hurting them and i hate that i am this way. Your article really helps alot, thankyou for this amazing insight. everything else online that ive checked about how to help a partner cope with someone with BPD was very negative, mostly saying that we are loveless and people shouldnt waste time and energy on us. This is an article ill be showing my ex so that maybe he will understand my demons.
Yes he needs to not be pressuring you like that. Even non-BPD’s hate that.
A great site and what I would add to this article is this: The reason why the above works, is that BPDs have thin emotional skin and no adult emotional skills. They therefore require someone who can help to regulate their emotions by offering routine and structure. Someone who will be a constant, continuing force.
You have to continue in the role as a caretaker but you have to do this with detachment from their mood, behaviour and the idea that changing your behaviour will make things easier. It won’t.
Right, you have to treat them like a 12 year old in an adult body. The minute you lose your back bone, you’re going to get owned.
Hey Rick, I loved the article. I was with a Bpd last year and it was the worst relationship that I had ever been in. I broke up with her 9 months ago and life is good now. A lot of things you wrote in your article is true. I learned to stop being a passive nice guy, I now put myself first. I’ve changed who I am and I love I like being the sort of bad boy type now. I get a lot more respect from women now. You are right when you change the way you treat women they start to respect you and chase you. I now set boundries and if a woman can’t respect my boundries then they have to go. I have zero tolerance for disrespect. My ex didn’t respect me at all, she even told me that she wouldn’t respect me. So one day after dating for 10 months I got tired of her shit and told her I wasn’t happy and wanted to end the relationship. She Freaked out and had an anxiety attack when I told her this. After that incident she was always paranoid that I would leave her which I eventually did. This is a wonderful article that many guys need to read. Thanks to my Ex I’m a better person and I’ll never let another woman disrespect me.
I am male 23 diagnosed BP last week after dodging therapy for presumed Bipolar disorder for 2 1/2 years.
This article has made more sense than anything else I’ve read on the matter and I am grateful. It’s as if you’ve had cameras hidden in my head all this time.
Thanks and thanks.
a woman who is not BPD says
@ Rick- you give really good advice on boundary setting. Even though I am a woman dealing with this behavior with a man (not a partner, but someone I can’t easily extricate from my life) I do think you give good advice. The thing I struggle with about your response to the above commenter is that I kind of empathize with her frustration. Given that DBT helps these individuals recover, I can understand her frustration with being lumped in with those who have not “done the work”. When you are openly antagonist (albeit funny, I must admit) you may inadvertedly be communicating that you think that their efforts (past or present) to make healthier choices are irrelevant. No matter how you slice it, that’s hurtful. Maybe Olivia is in the baby steps phase of things where she is trying new behaviors instead of her old dysfunctional ones. There’s something to be said for speaking gently to those “in process” so they are not derailed. I am not denigrating the sum total of your words here, all in all you give really solid help- just mentioning a concern that may possibly help you fine tune your message for the individuals in relationships with recovering BPD sufferers. :)
I give hard, realistic advice. That’s just how I roll. While the past happened, dwelling on it doesn’t help anybody. I get mad if I think about my past relationship mistakes so I just try to not think about it. Which is why we’ve got to always be moving forward. It’s like I understand that all this crap happened in your relationship in the past, but dwelling on it isn’t going to help. It’s all about what you can start doing right now to make positive change. And if its too late, then its too late. But at least youre moving forward.
Nina Burris says
This should be the same technique to use for someone with Bipolar disorder since they are so similar. Am I correct in my assumption? I remember in the beginning of my relationship with my bipolar boyfriend I would just agree with him breaking up with me and when he would threaten the relationship I would sometimes grab my stuff and get ready to leave and he would stop me. It seemed like when I had more time invested in our relationship I would get upset more. He actually would pack up all his things and leave when I wasn’t there. This happened a couple of times. Now we still see each other. We no longer live together though and I don’t think we are boyfriend and girlfriend. I need to stand up to him, but somehow still be supportive! We have been together on and off for 2 years! I do love him or I would have forgotten him a long time ago. I like the concept of what you are saying and I am going to put into practice what you are saying! Just learning the fine line is what I need to learn!!
It’s not a technique. Stop thinking that way. You’re just setting yourself up for failure when you’re trying to do something to win. Instead, think of it as BEING somebody. BE a person that demands self-respect and you’ll naturally influence those around you to treat you with respect as well as the boundaries you set for yourself.
Dude you just saved me some ‘couch’ time! I was involved with a BPD, but I called him a liar to his face. His reaction made me feel like a douche. After reading this post, EVERTHING fell into place. This Dude’s favorite movie is GWTW! He was watching it before the scene where he was going to make our breakup public. When I tried to reason, he kept provoking me. When I called him a liar, he freaked. I just walked off, like Rhett (I don’t give a …)
Rick, what I find so interesting is that not once have you asked yourself why you have dated so many women with BPD. No person with a healthy, secure attachment style would tolerate a Borderline for more than a minute once the crazy making behavior became apparent. Why are they drawn to you? Why would you continue to date them? Most people never have the unfortunate experience of dating a Borderline yet you have dated multiple Borderlines.
I also find it interesting that the one girl who wanted to be with you and put in effort to keep you is the one you dumped to travel. Perhaps you have some attachment issues of your own to sort out? Are you codependent? Avoidant? Sounds like a bit of both? If diagnosing other people is your thing you should probably examine yourself first.
Where are all these people showing up making up stories? Anyways, relationships are about enjoying each other. It’s not about this Disney love that you and most people are looking for. That simply doesn’t exist and is false. Whether a girl is BPD or not, it doesn’t matter. They both behave very well around me because they know that I won’t tolerate bad behavior. You might as well assume that everybody has BPD and treat everyone the same. That’s what I do and I have very healthy, fun relationships free of drama.
I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good.
I don’t know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already ;) Cheers!
Your writing has many good points and good advice on how to become more aware about self respect. But I will tell you and everyone here that dealing BPD: RESPECT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. It doesn’t matter how many personal borders you have. BPD people have no self worh and no self respect so even if you have plenty of it they do not understand the concept of it. So don’t hit yourself in head if you are or have been in relationship with BPD person and feel your border were overfloaded with the persons agression etc. Good luck!
I started putting some of your actions into reality. But I have a slightly different problem. I have an ex friend who has BPD that I want to cut completely out of my life. I was able to keep out of life for the past 2 years and now she used the courts to force her way back in.
I’ve have informed her that I would not be giving her my phone number nor will I be speaking to her. Yet she tried to get my cell number not once but twice.
Do you have any techniques in getting rid some like this. I was force to take back into my apt. And I’ve reach the point that I can’t even stand to look at her.
It’s uncanny that a flawed person like a borderline is always looking for Mr or Mrs Right. They are the equivalent of Don Juan. Here, to understand you have to read Ortega y Gasset essay on the soul of a Don Juan. What’s important for them is the hunt not the quarry. They are better off with an avoidant person and usually people that have some success with them are exactly that. But then, an avoidant person is not less flawed than a borderline. Their relationship end up as tragically unsatisfied.
Everyone is looking for the perfect Mr or Mrs Right. That’s how we are. However, at the end of the day we always attract what we project. So if you seem to end up dating these lower quality types of people, that just means that you yourself have a lot of issues as well. So dating a BPD really is a good indicator that you need to work on yourself a lot as well.
what do i say or do to attract my bpd ex gf back?
Is there anything i can do similar to a non bpd?
I’m co-dependent, I’ve greatly improved in respecting myself but I still allow the things my BPD boyfriend says to upset me. I know it’s his disorder but yet I take it so personally and try to fix it (even being late to work because of the outbursts :/ ) I know I just need to walk out the door when the outbursts start (he even tells me to leave because he knows how he’s behaving). I’m constantly being accused of cheating even though I’d never hurt him that way. I usually laugh when he accuses me because I know how ridiculous the thought of me cheating is (in my mind) I know he worries every day.
I love him more than anything like all the others seem to say about their BPD partners. I’ve known and talked to him for 10 years and we’ve been dating for almost 3. been on our share of roller coaster rides, we have a house together and as rick says, when times are good they’re really good. He told me just last night he couldn’t wait to go to sleep, so his thought processes would end and hopefully wake up in this morning and be in a different mood/mindset.
I’ve found the best thing to do is if they say something extremely hurtful don’t let them see that it hurt you. I’m not saying to take it by any means but I’m a girl, emotional and currently realizing and working on my co-dependency problem and learning to respect myself in all relationships of my life. but when I cry because of the hurtful things he says it seems to make the situation worse. instead of thinking “I know this is his disorder, don’t let someone else make you feel less about yourself”.
I know now I just need to walk away. I need to go to work, go for a drive and let him cool down. Nothing you say will calm them or change their mood. Usually I come back from work or give him a day or two of not letting his mood and actions decide how I feel about myself and his outbursts stop. I guess I’m mostly writing to figure out my own situation and to get over the outbursts that happened earlier today where I failed to let it go and we just argued round and round. it’s better to just walk away and come back to talk when both of you are more emotionally stable.
Just got through dating a bpd who shows all the classic signs. Unfortunately, I only saw them after I had a psychiatrist friend tell me when I was explaining her bizarre behavior after breakup. I just went through stop sign after stop sign and disregarded what she was telling me-“no good in relationships”, a “runner” etc. She was hot and vibrant and exciting and I have to admit I just tried to “fix” her through attention and love and showing her how much I cared. Clearly, it had the opposite effect. Closer and more intimate we got, more she freaked out. Went out for about a year and weekend we broke up, she gave me flowers and told me I was the best thing and thanked me for loving her, I babysat her kids and then after two nights on a sunday morning I was let go. Have had no contact in about two months and be fucked if I will contact, I am working on keeping my self respect and moving on. Also realized that my ex-wife was also one and thats my fault and I need to get my sensors better tuned. But stay the hell away from them is my advice as you do not want to give them any sense that you are grieving or missing them. Way I look at it is their loss and probably our gain.
Hey sorry to hear. My advice is to only stay away from them if you can’t handle them. They need strong, well-grounded lovers. If you’re weak in any way, they will exploit that weakness and lose attraction for you. Thanks for your comment :)
Rick, please clarify:
“A BPD will make you feel like you’ve found the perfect partner – if you LACK self-respect.
BPD’s will take advantage of this weakness…”
There is NO SUCH THING as the perfect partner. So the fact that you may feel like you’ve found ‘the one’ goes to show how easily controlled you are. You’re trying to live out a fantasy which is very bad as I’ve said multiple times. When any woman is leading the relationship, it’s going to fail. So if a BPD is making you feel like you’ve found the best partner, she’s probably leading the way. You should never feel like your partner is perfect. That’s just a really bad sign and why your relationship will ultimately fail because perfection is a myth :)
Rick, your info is the most realistic practical ive ever read on bipolar experiences and advice. Your smart, have developed yourself from experiences and even kept your friends, and made a book with profits on many levels, very smart. I notice and respect. Do you ever date non bipolar people? Ha id love just have some conversations with yu. No im not bipolar though.
Hit me up!
I don’t judge people or try to figure out what ‘issues’ they have anymore so I really don’t know! I think the girl I’m dating currently has some codependent and BPD issues, but at the end of the day, I believe every single one of us has issues so I don’t judge anymore. I just now what women want so it doesn’t matter who I date anymore. Give me time with a woman and they fall for me fast :)
I think my wife has some sort of personality disorder. And i am positive my girlfriend before her has it. when my wife and I got together everything I did was fine with her at the time. But after we moved in together things started changing she tarted disliking my work (truck driver), and other things I did whenever we met and so on. so slowly I started bending and changing thinking it would make her happy I only took truck driving jobs that were local and home daily. even then she would have to be in constant contact with me wondering where I was what I was doing why I was stopped for 5 minutes even. things got worse and worse to the point I agreed with her and decided to get out of trucking all together but due to the lack of money I had to get back into it and she said if I did we would be completely through and she would divorce me. Finally I decided to stand my ground and go back into trucking and moved out, because she said I could not stay there and do that job she would not allow it. after being gone one day she is already texting and messaging people that she seen before we even got together. my question is, is she really a borderline? if a borderline thanks you will not allow yourself to be controlled by them will they want to end the relationship, because I have told her we do not need divorce we can work this all out.
Who cares if she’s a borderline? Bro, the fact of the matter is she’s trying to control YOU. That’s a big no no. You got to do what you can to support yourself. If she ain’t down with that, why be with her? This is a classic example of WHY you shouldn’t be with her. Fuck that woman. She’s an asshole. You should have called her a cunt and told her to go fuck herself. That’s my advice.
Smart man, i will definitely read your book, as yu have some experience and wisdom to share in variety of areas. Thanks!
But i wouldnt mind tht cup of coffee with yu, your words in your books ill have to adjust….ha…have great day.
Rick I have a question. Why is it that my BPD current husband/ex never posts any pictures of him with his baby mama (she is also a BPD and Grandiose Narcissist…way worse and way more controlling, extreme, condescending, and irrational than him) on his social media pages, such as Facebook? More importantly, why doesn’t she even try to put pics of them on his page? Before she had their newborn child (who is now 11 months), she loved having pics of them on his page and putting it in myself and trying to hurt me, but now she never puts pics of them on his page and neither does he. All I see are pics of him and the baby girl. But if they are together, why do they no longer put pics of themselves together on social media sites anymore? Just curious.
Who knows, probably because they’re over that phase? I don’t know.
I don’t date bipolar guys but I have female bipolar friends attracted to me to come to cause I’m the compassionate one with a listening ear, but I quit doing that, I’m your friend not a psychiatrist. When I stopped doing that they disappeared. When they called I tried change subject to let’s go do something today instead of trying fix them. The craziness I saw in these women I don’t know how any guy would endure it. Rollercoaster big time. It s not exciting that’s an unhealthy illusion in my opinion. Redefine our concepts of exciting. Normal guys and women are exciting, make yourself see it. Maybe some of us grew up around emotional dramas this and it feels at home to be with very difficult unavailable people, but it’s sad.
He is teaching you respect and boundaries on here that the best thing for sure.
If there was a site about healthy guys and women would we go there, no cause we’re too caught up in all the unhealthy attitudes even our own.
Just another view don’t get upset
sorry denise, im sure you wanted help, but BPD stands for Borderline Personality Disorder, not Bipolar Disorder (BD), im afraid not much help will come here
Well, it just depends on the situation. Everyone is unique. Just because someone has Bipolar or BPD doesn’t mean they’re of the same cloth as all the others. It’s worth seeking out answers and trying different things to see if improvement can be made. If nothing improves, then you end the relationships and move on with your life
Continued from above, update my guy friend threatened suicide to his friends after I blocked him from my phone. I never dated him outsmarted him in that area when I saw what he would do if got chance. Now they all mad at me and the bipolar guy wins again by getting all the sympathy attention on himself, again he creating strife in my life and his till end. Lol
I’m still learning how deal with bipolars
I’m not trying bash bipolars by my above comments, but experience shows there a way to deal with bipolars Rick here is showing you some tools. Feeling too sorry for them your going to get hurt, the right kind of compassion by not being a victim and learning tools dealing with them will help. The right compassion may just be to not get involved causing yourself and them more harm. If thier not helping themselves with counseling and medication for mania states there not much you can do but continue with the tools here. Thanks
After I lost my job, house, girlfriend etc. I lost here my selfrespect. People around me always respected me but I wasn’t me anymore. Too much giving and not thinking about myself.
This is what (my girlfriend BPD with PTSS) feels right now. And react by pushing me away.
Thanks for your wish words and understanding.
I’m gona go for this. It has been too long feeling sorry and losing my self respect .
I promise you by this I’m gona do this.
And thanks for replying me so quickly by email.
No problem man. We as men have just forgotten what it means to be attractive. Everyone is so focused on looking good instead of just being good. Self-respect is and always will be the #1 thing women are attracted to. As long as you have this down, it doesn’t matter how tall or short you are, how big or small. That’s the #1 thing women want in a partner.
My experience of what I suspect is BPD in a female friend has been as frustrating and hurtful as some of the accounts I’ve read here. And yes, listening to other people’s experiences and Rick’s advice has helped push me along the path of changing my attitude and behaviour in response to her problem.
I first met her 18 years ago and then we drifted apart. Two years ago I tracked her down to where she lives in Europe and we started communicating mostly by email and then sometimes with telephone calls. To begin with the communication was frequent and mutually enjoyable as we told each other of our lives. After probably only a few weeks I began to notice inexplicable behaviour in her – mistrust, sudden outbursts of anger and mood swings. At first I thought it was PMS and I actually asked her it that was the reason and to her credit she said admitted that it wasn’t. Her usual explanation was that it’s just ‘the way she is’. And in time came to accept it’s just the way she is. Sometimes during prolonged email conversations her mood would change in an instant and she would become angry and offensive and terminate the conversation without explanation. At first she would sometimes apologise for her behaviour and I would be reassured that things were alright between us but as time progressed and even as trust between us developed her outbursts became more frequent and she would be reluctant to apologise. Last year I went to stay with her and her family for a few days and was subject at first hand to her sudden and frightening outbursts of anger directed at myself and her husband and children and her lack of empathy for other people’s feelings. On a couple of occasions in moments of self-clarity she’s expressed despair with her own behaviour and said she doesn’t know what she is doing with her life and has said she is afraid of ‘losing herself’.
Lately she has began to seemingly play games with me – making strange accusations about trivial things I’ve said, not answering questions, blaming me for starting arguments. Sometimes when her mood would change I felt as if I was talking to a complete stranger – she would deliberately misconstrue things I’d said and accuse me of being crazy and of destroying the good things between us. And yes, in order to keep the friendship from dying I’ve frequently apologised for things I haven’t done. A few months ago and for no good reason she threatened to stop talking to me and that was when I realised I couldn’t let the blackmail continue. I told her that she was behaving badly and said I wouldn’t allow her to dictate the nature of our friendship and the way we communicated. For a while after that she modified her behaviour but has now resumed her warm / cold approach to our friendship, along with the outbursts of anger, mistrust, lack of empathy and blackmail.
I now realise that for my own well-being I can’t allow her to manipulate me and hurt my feelings. My attitude is that I can’t change the way she is and so I have to protect myself from the worst aspects of her behaviour. But it’s difficult because she isn’t always horrible and I want her in my life and I still feel sad, hurt, frustrated and hopeless when I’m dealing with her. The worst thing is knowing that it’s only likely to get worse as she gets older. I know I have to put my own sanity first and I’m making changes in that regard but at times all I feel is futility and sadness and a feeling that I’m losing a friend.
Yeah it’s just that with relationships, you really have to understand that they are 50/50. And sometimes you’re not meant to be with certain people. So if you keep trying and trying with someone that doesn’t want to be with you, then it’s just not going to work. However, these relationships can work really well when you understand her world. But most people never really get this far. They instead try to mold her into what they want her to be. And obviously that never works. Like for your case, you want her to be this nice, loving, calm girl. But that won’t ever happen. And that’s not a bad thing at all, I love these types of women and they’re very fun to be with when you learn how to be with them.
Ken Sturm says
This woman is married dude, if i was her husband reading this it’s almost at a “boyfriend girlfriend” relationship and would demand she terminate this between you two. No offense but she is married my friend this is too close imo
wish i knew you before ;-)
never, never rely on a bpd spouse if you ‘re having a hard time, they would run away at first alarm, at least in my experience,
severe sickness = cheating, crazy talks, massive destruction weapons out
i feel they except perfection, so they project…
never again, or at arm’s length
thanks bro, growth in progress
Sounds much more than BPD man lol. Not fair to put BPD’s and crazy weapon-wielding women in the same box.
i cannot manage to check her condition properly, she has been diagnosed somehows but the shrink won t tell, long story short, i was her rock then became the ugly, fat, crazy guy while she was jumping around, sleepless, cheating, smoking pot, imagining plots, putting me in competition with pther guys, lying…is this bipolar ? bpd only ? i need to know, just for closure
for the record i used tough love , and was quite ok, independant, then i inclined for her when she had a challenge, then i felt sick as hell, weak , nobody there from her part, even torture behavior started instantly, lashing on every possible flaws or default i could have, damn radar will be on from now, i dont know if a label could help but i guess i have been navigating in very dark waters
Nope, it doesn’t matter what she is BPD or not. It won’t make you feel any better. You’re looking for something to blame when you can only blame yourself. And that’s not a bad thing, it just means taking responsibility for being in the relationship and then moving forward. It’s like if I were to ask you ‘who is responsible for keeping you in the relationship?’ the answer would be you. So that’s all I’m saying. Her behavior is completely out of your control. You only must worry about herself. Which is why everything I teach is about pulling ourselves out of these dark waters as you say.
Hell yeah, cant control someone, cant change her, but when you’ve invested 7 years and the hand of your partner slips away when you fall, it s harsh, snif snif lol.
but hey, as you teach, better choose next time, i take full responsibility for keeping myself in this relationship and this failure is because I did not pay attention (frankly I did not have any clue women could go so wild, I knew they were “special” but this far, no way)
thanks for clearing the fog here
Yo it’s all good man, I just know for me that when I invest hardcore in myself, I feel really good at the end of the day. And that’s what it’s about and women respect that in a man. It’s that ‘passion’ they speak about. But women know the game more than men. They really are superior to us which is a hard pill for most men to swallow.
I'm a hater says
people with BPD are capable of violence like any other disordered individual. Doesn’t mean everyone is like that. but for some it comes with the disorder.
Uhhh I know lol that’s WHY I tell people to stop labeling people with BPD. Because at the end of the day, everybody is capable of doing the same shit. Your point?
dont get married to a someone who lives with bpd you will kill your relationship dead it shows you love them but soon into it they find living the husband wife part every day is just too much for them to cope with the love hate push pull stay leave will rip your marriage to shreds but otherwise go for it life will never be boring i believe people living with bpd will only fully love you if you can fill there list of needs not wants be the parent in fights they need negative attention right now dont give in to the drama trust dont break it why would you want to hurt some one you love this is fundamental to there well being keep very active in all areas of your relationship once they get bored they outa there the worst place a person living with bpd can live is in there own heads please remember they dont value themselves very well so i believe they think you wont value there point of view and this belief can trigger a so called rage dont try be sorry for them or fix them or repair there broken heart you cant they may want fights constant i love you so they can say they hate you they think your gonna leave them any way some day and think how this will happen and act that thought out without thinking really all they want to know is you wont leave trust grow a thick skin you will need it there words can be devastating this i find is mostly you will leave now wont you test but look behind this and go into parent mode no anger firm all the way thank them for there hostile words and crappy behavior black white thinking kicks in and they address themselves to there negative behavior faster than you telling them they are being crappy or horrible avoid the drama my advice take or leave have your own homes you both will need a lot of space for you to heal for therm to breath so if you can be a parent lover friend all in one no reason you cant have a full interesting crazy fun pain filled romance just like everyone else welcome to love
I’m against marriage in general so yeah lol. Marriage is pointless in this day and age. I’ve yet to hear a solid argument for getting married in 2015.
Curious. If you don’t want to marry then are you a serial monogamist? And isn’t that just setting a date for a breakup in the future? Marriage is about commitment. Not marrying in most situations is a pretty clear indication you figure a breakup is imminent. Wondering how you came to this thinking given most people want a relationship to be permanent. Thanks for your thoughts in advance.
I just have no desire to be married at this time. I don’t date multiple women. Only one at a time (and I’m much too busy to play multiple women). Marriage obviously isn’t about commitment because most marriages end in failure (even if they never divorce). So to think that marriage = commitment is just flawed thinking. Marriage is something that is just too simple these days. Anyone can jump into it, there’s no real commitment involved.
I have dated a girl for 2 years who has a 3 year old child, we just went to europe together and had an amazing holiday, in the last week she switched into her dark plotting self and after reading a heap of information the last few days, im sure she has BPD, its not bipolar as im familiar with that this is far more sinister. I dont know what to do, ive become really attached to her 3 year old who now calls me dad, we’ve been dating for almost 2 years but its become difficult to trust her and gauge were she’s at. In the last week she left me in a country foreign to me over unexplained reasons and her own family were in tears and sorrow and indicated she has had these mood swings her whole life. I cant let someone treat me like that but im caught emotionally between relationships as my family love her and the child and have really made efforts to incorporate her into our family.
I know i’ll leave her but the stupid thing is i really care for her but i cant put myself and family members through her mood swings causing chaos and how rude she is towards people, if 5 guys chat to her i’ll be fine about it but make sure people know she’s my girl. The second one girl talks to me she treats me like ive cheated on her and will leave at a drop of a hat, she does it often in front of people, i was at a wedding dinner and beside me was a girl and her boyfriend was beside her, she lashed out as though i was cheating on her.
Such a shame because one on one we are good for each other but any social interaction she treats it like threat to our relationship, doesnt matter if its cousins, strangers etc, the focus has to be on her.
I really enjoyed reading all your articles. I really liked your non-judgmental and down-to-earth approach toward BPD. I have a very good friend who has a great heart and a fun and personable personality. We have been friends for two years now. In the beginning of our friendship he was very nice and respectful. The more time we started to spend with each other the meaner he became. He would envite me over to cook and have wine together and when it was time for me to leave he would become mean and verbally nasty. Before he would apologize too. Since I understand the nature of BPD and their black and white thinking pattern, we do fine for the most part. During our last meeting/conversation we started having a conversation about religion and the Bible and I had some disagreements. He got so mad pushed me away and called me a Devil woman. I left his house and did not contact him for three weeks. Three weeks later I sent him a text to tell him that my feelings were hurt by his behavior and that he has no write to call me names. He started making false accusations and when he saw that I am being firm and calling him on his words and behavior he told me to leave him alone. I have not contacted him since then. his mother is very sick and might die soon. I honestly don’t have any desire to contact him. What would be the right approach in this case, in your opinion. Any feedback would be highly appreciated and very helpful. Thank you in advance!
For your situation, I think it’s best to just leave him be. You can let him know that you’ll be around for him if he needs someone to talk to, but then just let him be. Sounds like a rough situation for him and he’s taking it out on you. Don’t take it personally. Good luck!
It’s very difficult to live with someone who has BPD – my ex is masterful @ engineering situations for me to fail and her to look good. how these types just do not give a shit about anyone but themselves, every minute of everyday – no sense of real bonding or long term consequences, or real enduring love and growth. No protection, so I have to go all out protecting whatever feelings or situations I have- that she would flip and exploit to her “”ADVANTAGE””. I’m finally able to move past this and get back on track with my own personal and professional growth without her.
Well if you don’t seek validation in her, then you won’t be affected by her B.S. If you’re subscribed to my newsletter, I talk about this quite often. Let her twist her words, try to manipulate and all that. It won’t work on you when you see it coming from a mile away.
The best tip I found to date a BDP woman is to learn to detect them.
Then run your life out and make sure she cannot contact or visit you.
Sounds like good advice if you want an average boring relationship. People hate hearing the truth, but in this day and age, nearly every girl you’ll meet who has options on the dating market will have BPD traits. And that’s fine. Borderlines are not difficult to date when you know how.
BPD’s will make you completely miserable at the end of the day. I cannot imagine why someone would want to be in a serious long term relationship with a BPD. In the end, the high is never worth the pain. I had a girlfriend with this disorder and she cheated and lied to me repeatedly despite me being “the most important thing in her life”. They do this because nothing can fill the emptiness they have inside. I noticed that i have a magnet for these kind of girls and I am trying to work on myself to keep these kind of girls away instead of attracting them. Easier said than done though.
Well that’s why I write this stuff. Some people like you and me have a magnet for these people. So why not learn how to make these relationships work than to simply accept defeat and failure? I’m all about winning. So might as well learn how.
well gustavo, if you are so narrow minded, why are you here, why did u look at this article, i am in a relationship at the moment with an amazing woman, i have BPD, i told her on our first date and said if she wanted to walk out right then and there, i’d understand, because my own family looks at me like im a monster, they avoid me and i havent done anything to them, ive always had my guard up but she is the only one i let in, i might worry about her too much when i suspect something isnt right, i might call when she says she is in a bad mood, i even stay up at night when she struggles to sleep and wait for her to sleep first, and if anyone with BPD could change your mind on them, it could be me, her last two boyfriends did not have BPD yet the first one cheated on her the day after she got with him, the other tried to pressure her into sleeping with him, she is a confident person and does not let people walk on her, so she can cope with any negative things she might see, but also BPD makes me struggle with trust, it makes me a more trusting person to her, she feels more secure and happy around me, and she knows im loyal and caring so much for her, it seems insane, but she loves it, and she loves me, as i trust her, feel secure with her, and over the world when im with her, i may have BPD, but i do what i can to suppress its effects as i want her to be happy, she also has been very supportive of me, and is ok with me stuffing up, ive never had a tantrum or guilted her or anything, i see things in black in white, where she is all good without a drop of bad, so i never think shes done something wrong and i dont get any negative effects towards her
Thanks for sharing bro, glad that you can show the world that BPD isn’t as terrible as society makes it out to be. Keep on doing the good work!
You know you can always look at it the way you want it to be – good or bad, depends on you. But for me, this challenge is interesting in our relationship. It makes us actually stronger each day. One time he has cheated on me and hid things (to keep me from leaving him) but after our painful confrontation I decided to work my trust on him and he’s doing his best to gain it back. At that time we didn’t know yet he has the codependency but when he was “diagnosed” with it then it answered all the wondered why he is the way he is. It’s a struggle, SUPER. No denying on that. He always feel insecure and afraid of me leaving him that’s why he’s still sometimes lies to me (only twice after the massive confrontation) but never now. When I feel smt isn’t right I confront him right away and of course he will defend himself but I always remind him I’m doing that to stop him from hiding things fr me. It’s very difficult for him because she doesn’t want to disappoint me in any way but I keep reminding him again and again and again that HE WILL NEVER DISSAPOINT ME as long as he will be honest. I assure and secure him with my love and understanding and patience. When I lose my head I keep quiet rather than saying painful words that I don’t really mean. Then when I’m calmed down I face him and talk it out; again I remind him I AM NOT LEAVING HIM AND I LOVE HIM. It’s been two to three months we’re working on it in our 2years of being in a relationship. He only knew about it this year. I’m trusting him and knowing him more. I can’t leave him alone and be depressed, I love him and I’ll go through thick and thin with him. He’s also very supportive of my decisions in life. Sometimes we argue but when we do I assure him again that when he disagrees with me I WONT LEAVE HIM instead I HEAR OUT HIS SIDE and argue accordingly. It has been a rough yet loving journey for us. So much to learn and so much work to do. But I’ll keep supporting him in this battle, I am not asking him to change – all I ever make him feel is that he’s secure to talk to me about everything and no need to be afraid of losing me. Give them assurance little by little that you’re not leaving them, make them feel secure and appreciate all their efforts and acknowledge their opinions and ask what they think. It’s important to have a heart to heart conversation to someone who has codependency or BPD. Its exhausting but for the person we love, we will be strong to support them. Start from love, care and patience and slowly, hopefully, no more lies and hiding. I believe it can work and I pray to God for it.
Hi! I actually had a great time reading your article here Rick!
Well after all of my relationships, out of all of my stable relationships, I knew that my recent one was suspectible for having a great BPD after 8 months, I was really blinded by the truth when I was in love
The awkward moment when I thought Ive found my Twin Flame which had totally erroded my perception in love but again theres no such thing as TF stuff. But BPD, there is
He always asks for validation like everyday, unlike my normal past relationships, it was never or seldom asked due to the same efforts that ive given like I need to do it 10x here in my BPD love
Even though he was like that, he was amazed on how much Ive really had fought for him
Describing me as a saviour, that is totally the word” and the other thing was he said, that I extended his stay? Which is totally odd
I was in a feeling of “said no man ever here”
I can admit that everything seems magical but Im not addicted to him, When I love, I love, It feels like im the only one whos not thinking in black and white
But now I can relate with everyone here
Im so worried about him, like I couldnt relax if I see him down and I really do not like dramas and constant wooing but for him, Im doing that
He likes the way I respond to his questions, well I got used already with the odd way just to keep him calm but I always feel on the edge of leaving him due to the things he does that freaks me out but I never told him
Right now Im studing BpD and left him hanging for some time, perhaps giving him zero attention right now in the hardest way, but I need to do something about it, I dont care if he falls out of love because of my lack of awareness about this issue, I just want a healthy minded man but I know he couldnt give it unless he gets himself a therapy, so I never cheated, love is really blind, I can even wait if he’ll change!
Sometimes I also notice that he is trying to manipulate me with his charm, I know I can totally boost his ego
The worst thing that people can do is to manipulate me
Wish I was so prepared for this but this is my first BPD relationship and I struggled everyday crying for
He also added that we had the longest relationship, well, well I didnt wonder but I smiled and realized that he might have burned the others without him realizing it, he had maladaptive behaviors like passivity and holding his anger by giving me silent treatments and It hurts
He lies often for his behaviors, and apologizes but I quickly forgive, and forgive like a moron but Ill always forgive
I really do not have a great codependent issue but he triggered mine, I stayed because Im so in love with him for who he is, even though I use my head in terms of love
Although im the one who is adjusting and setting boundaries for us, I always demand respect from him at the time he devalues and compare me to other better woman
I always really get pissed everytime he puts himself down too, I imagine myself in his shoes
I always understand him, but he never understands
At the end of the day, I love him so much
I just don’t believe that you should ever “fight” for someone. That’s the problem when you date insecure individuals like this — you start to feel like you need to go out of your way and “fight” to save the relationship.
Well, that’s not what a health relationship is all about. If anything, the borderline should be fighting to keep YOU around since they are the crazy ones. That’s what a lot of you don’t understand — you need to get them chasing YOU all the time. That is why I constantly teach about making people chase you, and for you to not chase.
As a woman in a relationship suffering BPD this was incredibly infuriating to read and the comments I read were hurtful.
I completely disagree with your methods of tackling this.
My partner can be very insecure but he is the kindest, most caring man and even when he stuffs up, hurts or upsets me, I can still see he does everything with good intentions and that means the world to me. He hasn’t run, he is trying his hardest too!
I carry guilt around constantly, feeling like he would be much happier with a ‘normal’ girl. It is one of my biggest downfalls.
After a very deep talk last night I have realised – he IS happy.
I challenge him, I keep him on his toes and make him think. He likes that. I have not cheated on him – that is a choice. I’m sorry if your partner made that choice, but do not blame BPD for that. Nothing forced her to cheat on you.
Instead of cheating, I tried drugs. Might have been hurtful in the long run but hey NEVER CHEATED.
We are good people and we care so, so much. This is happening because we have been traumatised. We have hurt so much for so long, that we can’t handle it anymore.
Turning your backs on us isn’t the answer, or getting all macho and manly. Bullsht. Just love us and still be there when we come running back for a hug
You didn’t read the article because if you did, you would see that I state over and over again in ALL of my blog posts and emails I send out that BPD is different in EVERYBODY. It is a UNIQUE illness, no two are the same. This is how I know you didn’t read the article, you were already mad about something and decided to vent out your frustration here. I read you emotional girls like a book.
And the fact that you are making your relationship work PROVES the point of this whole article, lol. So thank you for proving that what I talk about here works. Good day.