Stop Walking on Eggshells

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New Harbinger Publications, 1998 - Psychology - 258 pages
Guide for family and friends of those with borderline personality disorder. Designed to help them understand how the disorder affects their loved ones and recognize what they can do to establish personal limits and enforce boundaries, communicate more effectively, and take care of themselves.
 

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firstly i don't review this book with an cool objective mind as far as the subject matter goes. i was sinking in an intensively good and intensively bad relationship and losing my energy and myself. I had suffered a severe physical attack from my partner and started looking for help - via a psychologist - which lead me to learn of the term borderline which then lead to a number of books on borderline and sexual abuse. I first read - allies in healing by laura davis - and then the eggshells books.
I can't assess the book from a professional healthcare perspective by i do think that the laura davis book and the eggshells books helped me understand myself, my situation and get a better understand of my partner and our relationship.
if the book is read as a self-help rather than as a help-the-other book, then much of its contents are well explained if the reader remembers that all people and all situations are unique.
it takes two to tango - and i pulled out - but not before being a completely changed person.
if you are reviewing this book then all i can wish is good luck - because i know what a difficult situation you and/or your partner may be in. i am happy to be alive but i cry for the person i have lost.
 

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This book is right on the mark regarding BPD behavior and how to live with people who have it. It's truthful, insightful and a tried and true help for me. I got this and the workbook for family to learn to live better with our other family member who has BPD. Our relationships are healing because we know from where the behavior is fueled.  

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Contents

Intimate Strangers How This Book Came to Be
1
Does Someone You Care about Have BPD?
11
Defining BPD
25
Understanding BPD Behavior
53
How BPD Behavior Affects NonBPs
73
Making Changes Within Yourself
87
Setting Boundaries and Developing Skills
111
Asserting Your Needs with Confidence and Clarity
139
Your Borderline Child
197
Distortion Campaigns
209
What Now? Making Decisions about the Relationship
221
A Causes and Treatment of BPD
235
B Tips for NonBPs Who Have BPD
241
Resources
247
References
255
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