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Stop Walking On Eggshells (2nd Edition) : Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder - Paul T. Mason

Stop Walking On Eggshells (2nd Edition)

Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder

Paperback Published: 2nd January 2010
ISBN: 9781572246904
Number Of Pages: 288

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Do you feel manipulated, controlled, or lied to? Are you the focus of intense, violent, and irrational rages? Do you feel as though you are constantly trying to avoid confrontation?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should remember this: It's not your fault. And you're not alone. In fact, the person you care about may have traits associated with borderline personality disorder (BPD), such as emotion dysregulation, impulsive behavior, unstable sense of self, and difficulty with interpersonal relationships. No matter how much you want to be there for your loved one, at times it can feel like you are walking on eggshells.

This compassionate guide will enable you to:

  • Make sense out of the chaos
  • Stand up for yourself and assert your needs
  • Defuse arguments and conflicts
  • Protect yourself and others from violent behavior
Stop Walking on Eggshells has already helped nearly half a million people with friends and family members suffering from BPD understand this destructive disorder, set boundaries, and help their loved ones stop relying on dangerous BPD behaviors. This fully revised edition has been updated with the very latest BPD research and includes coping and communication skills you can use to stabilize your relationship with the BPD sufferer in your life.

About the Author

Paul T. Mason, MS, is vice president of clinical services at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Racine, WI. Under his leadership, the mental health and addiction care service line has expanded the number of inpatient services and outpatient programs it provides for patients, family members, and loved ones affected by borderline personality disorder (BPD). His research on BPD has been published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology and his written work has appeared in the news and print media.

Randi Kreger has brought the concerns of family members who have a loved one with BPD to an international forefront through her website, www.bpdcentral.com, and the Welcome to Oz online support community. Through Eggshells Press, she offers family members a wide variety of more specialized booklets and other materials. She was also instrumental in the formation of the Personality Disorders Awareness Network (PDAN), a not-for-profit organization. Kreger is author of The Stop Walking on Eggshells Workbook and The Essential Family Member Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder. She speaks and gives workshops about BPD internationally.

Industry Reviews

Stop Walking on Eggshells makes good on its promise to restore the lives of people in close relationships with someone diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). It is a rich guide to understanding and coping with the reactions aroused in others by troubling BPD behaviors that negatively impact relationships. Readers will find this book very useful and beneficial. -- Nina W. Brown, Ed.D., professor and Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, author of Children of the Self-Absorbed
This book is the absolute go-to guide for my clients who are dealing with a loved one with borderline personality disorder. Readable and thorough, it strikes a perfect balance of practical advice and emotional sensitivity. This book has helped so many people break through their sense of confusion and isolation by helping them to name, understand, and respond to the difficulties of this complex and misunderstood disorder. -- Daniel E. Mattila, M.Div., LCSW

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologuep. xiii
Introduction: Intimate Strangers: How This Book Came to Bep. 1
Understanding BPD Behavior
Walking on Eggshells: Does Someone You Care About Have BPD?p. 9
The Inner World of the Borderline: Defining BPDp. 21
Making Sense of Chaos: Understanding BPD Behaviorp. 49
Living in a Pressure Cooker: How BPD Behavior Affects Non-BPsp. 67
Tacking Back Control of Your Life
Making Changes within Yourselfp. 83
Understanding Your Situation: Setting Boundaries and Honing Skillsp. 107
Asserting Your Needs with Confidence and Clarityp. 135
Creating a Safety Planp. 159
Protecting Children from BPD Behaviorp. 177
Resolving Special Issues
Waiting for the Next Shoe to Drop: Your Borderline Childp. 199
Lies, Rumors, and Accusations: Distortion Campaignsp. 213
What Now? Making Decisions about Your Relationshipp. 225
Causes and Treatment of BPDp. 237
Practicing Mindfulnessp. 243
Reading List and Resourcesp. 257
Referencesp. 257
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781572246904
ISBN-10: 1572246901
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 2nd January 2010
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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