HOW DO PEOPLE WITH BPD BEHAVE?
Even though BPD patients fear being abandoned by loved ones, especially partners, they ironically display behaviors that cause people to leave them, Dr. Lim said, making relationships and jobs difficult to maintain for long. . “They experience emotional swings easily and often get angry with the lightest of the lightest.”
If you’re dating someone with BPD, they might be very kind and attentive to you early in the relationship, Dr. Lim said. But a few months later, you might find him possessive and controlling. He might put you down, for example, by calling you a slut if you texted your male colleagues.
But he would just as quickly be very nice to you and shower you with gifts, Dr. Lim said. And if that doesn’t work and you want to break up, he would threaten to kill himself. “He would be prone to depressed mood states and would have intense sadness a few times a week,” he added.
WHAT ABOUT HISTRIONIC PERSONALITY DISORDER (HPD)?
Like BPD, HPD is also marked by unstable emotions and a distorted self-image. The difference is that patients often behave dramatically or inappropriately to attract attention, according to this study. “People with HPD typically come across as flirtatious, flirtatious, charming, manipulative, impulsive, and vivacious..”