Coping When a Friend With BPD Is Splitting

Caring about someone who has borderline personality disorder (BPD) can be difficult, particularly when your loved one engages in what clinicians refer to as “splitting.”

Splitting is refers to black and white thinking, where the person with BPD can’t see a middle ground or gray area. Everything is either completely positive or completely negative.

Identifying Splitting

Some common signs of splitting int hose with BPD include:

  • Having friends who have become enemies and other friends who can do no wrong
  • Rifts between family members due to behaviors that turn family members against each other
  • Having a lot of ups and downs in relationships, such as one minute saying that they love or need a person, moments later communicating anger or even hatred toward that person

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