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Are you emophane ?
Borderline personality disorder.
Emophania or emophany, a "positive" borderline disorder's view.
 Introduction:
BPD is a mental disorder. It is therefore "logical" in the diagnosis DSM criterion to highlight the "dysfunctions" of those who suffer from it rather than the opposite (please see shortl test)

I feel this vision very "unfair" (even if it is essential from a medical point of view). Unfair because it doesn't show the "positive" side of a BPD person.

I know that it is not really normal practice to define a person suffering from BPD (himself or herself) in a “positive” way (except for some who are in denial or splitting and who are trying to show an "image").
It is precisely for that very reason that I started to seek a positive vision of the borderline disorder , that I have named "emophane"TM , emophania or emophany.

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What does the word "emophane"TM mean?
If I'm not mistaken, this word doesn't exist and it is directly come from my imaginary.
The word emophane thus comes from the prefix "emo" as in "emotion" and from the Greek suffix "phan" meaning "appearance", "to show" (like in the word "theophany which mean a divine manifestation")
Emophane then, etymologically speaking, means:  "Appearance or manifestation of emotions"
What is an emophane?
An emophane person is someone who corresponds to the criteria and canons of emophany.
What are the traits of an emophane person (or emophania, emophany )?
On my own experience, BPD people have almost all (at least inside of them) of the following characters traits:

Please note: The question does not concern the possible negative consequences of such traits (it is not always "funny" to be hypersensitive).Nor does it concern the possible inability to put these traits into practice because of the disorder, denial or depression. I can for example be very sensitive inside, but nevertheless give the impression that I'm as cold as marble... nonetheless, the fact remains that sensitivity in one of my character traits.
 

  • Altruism (natural tendency to love and help one's fellowmen)
  • Self-derision (capacity to laugh at oneself)
  • Kind-hearted
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity (desire to understand, to know, to learn)
  • Empathy (capacity to put oneself in someone's else's position and to feel what he / she is feeling)(e.g.  if I see a person who is suffering, I will start to feel her suffering in I don't reject my emotions)
  • Enthusiasm  (High emotion with pleasure expression)
  • Very demanding of oneself
  • Strength of character (e.g. To be able to endure things that many others would not be capable of enduring for long)
  • Generosity (tendency to give without calculating)
  • Modesty (absence of vanity or pride)
  • Naivety ("Childish innocence")
  • Open-mindedness ("willing to consider ideas and opinions that are new or different to your own")
  • Probity ("Uprightness, integrity, honesty", justice in a "moral" meaning)
  • Taking a new look at oneself ("ability to consider that our hypothesis or beliefs are potentially erroneous")
  • Sensitivity
  • (all rigths reserved)
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    What is the connexion between "being emophane" and "having a borderline disorder"?
    All this remains to be proven scientifically, but I think that emophane people are "at risk", not only of developing a borderline personality disorder (the disorder generally appears at the beginning of adulthood but is "shaped" in the very first years of life) but probably also at risk of developing an avoidant personality disorder.
    To resume
    Who am I?
    One of the big fears of a BPD person is, in particular, "to lose oneself" in a therapy.

    Many are those who think (wrongly) that it is their borderline disorder which made them what they are now...
    Thus, some may violently reject the BPD diagnosis because in their head, they would no more be "me" but "my disorder" (a kind of "I'm not any more me because me, it's a disorder"), situation highly destabilizing...

    Therefore they say, "if I'm sensitive it is because I have a borderline disorder"...  or "who would I be without this disorder?"

    The truth is that "it is not because I suffer from a borderline disorder that I'm sensitive, but because I'm sensitive that I was in a population at risk to develop a BPD".
    Therefore, "To Recover from the disorder is not to loose my sensitivity but only to get rid of my borderline disorder traits", there is then no risk to loose myself in a therapy

    And what would a "borderline" person be without BPD?
    He/she would be, in theory, an emophane !
    An emophane person, who has the possibility to use their emophane "qualities" both to serve's him/herself and others and no longer use them for his/her own self-destruction and other splittings.
    But it can hurt to be emophane!
    No-one is denying the fact. Yes, it can hurt to be emophane, more especially, as the world in which we live tends to be "non-emophane".
    But for all that: And if you had the choice between remaining emophane and becoming, with the wave of a magic wand, "non-emophane"...  Do you think that the non-emophane that you'd become could love himself?  I'm afraid not.

    Then why consider it a "tragedy" to be "emophane" when if actual fact you can see this as a gift!

    What they say
    "You are right that certain traits we see destructively exaggerated in BPD individuals are traits that we see in normal individuals and traits that in moderation or under effective control can be healthy and advantageous.
    Your characterization helps "un-demonize" BPD" (Daniel C Claiborn Ph.D. - Claiborn and Associates, Inc. - Kansas USA)
    Mini survey
    Click on the link to participate at a mini-survey "Are you emophane?"

    Some results: (of course, other readings are possible)
    With a sample of approximately 600 people having taken part in this "survey", we retained people having given their name or first name, who say to be BPD diagnosed, who provided their diagnosis year and with a maximum of 2 answers "I do not know".  Were counted as "yes", the answers "yes" and "In fact yes even if I have problems to apply it".

    We thus retained more than 150 answers(exactly 172).
    Resultts:

    81% of women and 19% of men
    On the 16 points, the questioned people had an average of 14,7 points (either 94% of the emophane's criteria).  (mini 10 points, maximum 16 points)
    The results are between a minimum of 86% and a maximum of 99% according to the 16 criteria's
    The 2 "lowest" criteria were "Creativity 86%" and "Naivety 86%"
    The 2 "highest" criteria were "Altruism 98%" and "curiosity 99%"
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    Warning:
    All the information in this site is aimed at helping people understand a "rather particular" and puzzling kind of disease
    But more especially, to support everyone affected by it, sick or not.  In any case, it is ESSENTIAL to see a therapist who specialises in this field they can confirm or give an alternative diagnosis
    The name of what you’ve got doesn’t matter so much, getting the right treatment for the right patient does

    last update August 2007
    (creation march 15th 2OO4)
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    Author, Alain Tortosa, psychotherapist, founder president of the Aapel
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