Love me, please…

Joanne Kidd and Mark Kelly attempt to decipher the words and behaviour of people who have a diagnosis of personality disorder.
Personality disorder

Joanne Kidd and Mark Kelly attempt to decipher the behaviour of patients who have a diagnosis of personality disorder

Having pondered on the sometimes complex communication that people diagnosed with a personality disorder exhibit, we wondered if we could shed some light on the messages that are being conveyed. Behaviours that can seem unhelpful are just ways in which individuals are attempting to reach out to us.

When I behave irresponsibly or do unspeakable acts, I want to have your attention

My communication skills are impaired from time to time and I do not have the internal resources to convey them to you in a socially acceptable way. Sometimes I may shock you, but believe it or not, I just want to be noticed and have my existence validated. I cringe and suffer great remorse over some of the


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