25 ‘Embarrassing’ Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder We Don’t Talk About

23. Being the Center of Conversations

“I tend to overwhelm conversations without meaning to. I constantly ‘one up’ others, which I know is annoying but really conversation is hard for me and I’m just trying to participate so I don’t look antisocial or plain rude.” — Angelique G.

24. Manipulating Others Without Meaning To

“Being manipulative but not intending to. I just want to know this person isn’t going to leave me. It’s a form a self-sabotage and right now I’m unwilling to let it bring me down. I’m having a good day today, but I’m afraid of falling back into the pit of despair and ruining and toxifying my relationships.” — Emil P.

“I don’t realize I manipulate people. [When I realized this], my whole idea of myself is shattered. If I’m doing that, what else am I doing to the ones I love?” — Aurora A.

25. Not Knowing Who You Are

“I was diagnosed with BPD in 2008, and the most embarrassing thing I face is not really having a full grasp of who I really am.” — Holly A.

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