The Borderline Personality Disorder Workbook: An Integrative Program to Understand and Manage Your BPD

The Borderline Personality Disorder Workbook: An Integrative Program to Understand and Manage Your BPD

by Daniel J. Fox PhD


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Introducing a breakthrough, integrative approach to managing your borderline personality disorder (BPD).

If you’ve been diagnosed with BPD you may feel a number of emotions—including shock, shame, sadness, abandonment, emptiness, or even anger. Even worse, you may be tempted to research your diagnosis online, only to find doomsday scenarios and terrible prognoses everywhere you click. Take a deep breath. You can get through this—and this workbook will help guide you.

Despite what you may have read or been told, BPD is not the worst thing that can happen to you. Like many mental health issues, it manifests on a spectrum, and while some people may encounter extreme symptoms and consequences on one end, others may be less affected on the other. What do you all have in common? You likely experience difficulty balancing your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. And you may even have trouble seeing yourself clearly—continuously switching from the hero to the villain of the story you’ve written about your life. So, how can you make sense of it all and start on the road to healing?

Rather than utilizing a one-size-fits-all treatment, this groundbreaking and comprehensive workbook meets you where you are on your therapeutic journey, and provides an integrative approach to treating BPD drawing on evidence-based dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and interpersonal therapy. With this compassionate workbook, you’ll gain a greater understanding of your BPD, uncover your own emotional triggers, and discover your own personal motivators for positive change.

Your BPD has determined how you see and live your life, but it doesn’t have to define you forever. With this workbook as your guide, you’ll be ready to face your diagnosis head-on, and take those important first steps toward lasting wellness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684032730
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 62,905
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Daniel J. Fox, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in Texas, an international speaker, and award-winning author. He has been specializing in the treatment and assessment of individuals with personality disorders for over fifteen years in the state and federal prison system, universities, and in private practice. His specialty areas include personality disorders, ethics, burnout prevention, and emotional intelligence. He has published several articles in these areas, and is author of The Clinician’s Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders, The Narcissistic Personality Disorder Toolbox, and the award-winning Antisocial, Borderline, Narcissistic and Histrionic Workbook.

Fox has been teaching and supervising students for more than fifteen years at various universities across the United States, some of which include West Virginia University, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, Sam Houston State University, and Florida State University. He is currently an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Houston, and maintains a private practice that specializes in the assessment and treatment of individuals with complex psychopathology and personality disorders. Fox has given numerous workshops and seminars on ethics and personality disorders; personality disorders and crime; treatment solutions for treating clients along the antisocial, borderline, narcissistic, and histrionic personality spectrum; emotional intelligence; narcissistic personality disorder and its impact on children and partners; managing mental health within the prison system; and others. Fox maintains a website and is on social media to present various treatment interventions focused on working with and attenuating the symptomatology related to individuals along the antisocial, borderline, narcissistic, and histrionic personality spectrum. Learn more at

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: A New Way To See Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) 1

Part 1 BPD and Successful Treatment

1 BPD 101 7

2 Where Does BPD Come From? 17

3 Attachment and BPD 25

4 What Is Your BPD Type? 33

5 BPD Symptoms 39

Part 2 First Steps for Growing Beyond BPD

6 Where You Are in the Process of Change 49

7 Beliefs, Behaviors, and Benefits That Keep You Stuck 61

8 The Eight Trigger Categories 73

9 Recognizing Positive and Negative Relationships 81

Part 3 Addressing and Changing Negative Behaviors and Patterns of BPD

10 Freedom from the Trap of Emotional Buttons 99

11 Controlling High-Risk Situations 115

12 Challenging and Changing Dysfunctional Beliefs 123

13 Self-Soothing to Enhance Personal Control 133

14 Strengthening Love and Resolving Relationship Conflict 141

Part 4 Reconstructing Your World and Building a New You

15 Getting To The Heart Of The Issue 157

16 Distortions, That Keep BPD In Place 167

17 Growing Beyond Destructive Fears, Beliefs, and Wishes 181

18 Defense Mechanisms and Healthy Coping and Responding 193

19 Conquering the Internal Love/Hate Conflict 209

20 Letting Go and Moving On With the New You 223

Part 5 Maintaining Your Success and Personal Power

21 Maintaining Your Gains 237

22 Life Beyond Your BPD 247

Epilogue: Letter From Dr. Fox 251

References 253


Fox resides in The Woodlands, TX.

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