Invalidating childhood

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Visit for more related articles at Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior Background: Parental invalidation is thought to contribute to severity of borderline personality disorder (BPD) severity.

This means that they get to treat you the way they want, and manoeuvre the situation so you don't get to feel the appropriate responses. Of all the abuses heaped upon daughters of narcissistic mothers, this might be the worst.

They dismiss and undermine your your feelings and emotions to make you feel only what's acceptable to them that you feel.

Like most other mental illnesses, Borderline Personality Disorder does not appear to originate during a specific, discrete phase of development.

One important theory has emphasized the critical role of an invalidating environment.

The current study serves to examine how dysfunctional family functioning may allow for BPD symptoms development through the fostering of invalidating environments.

As adults, BPD individuals adopt the characteristics of the invalidating environment in which they grow up.

Looking to others for accurate reflections of reality and oversimplifying the ease of solving life’s problems characterize this self-invalidation.

Furthermore, maternal invalidation mediated the relationship between disengaged family functioning and adolescent BPD symptoms.

Limitations: The ICES-A is currently undergoing validation, therefore results should be interpreted cautiously.

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