Hope you all had a lovely Christmas Day!?
While you wallow in the aftermath of the festivities before the next round kicks in for New Year I thought I would give you a bit of a laugh at my expense with another mini comic strip sharing some of my latest realisations about my BPD and some related Cluster B Personality Disorders…
It all started with a conversation in therapy about how my parents were not in the least bit pushy, to the point where encouragement was definitely lacking. This wove round to how I have these elements of my own personality that guide/push/pull me via the whirlpool of BPD, the main two characters being my ‘Critical Parent’ and my ‘Free Child’ (there are others but we’ll get to them later). These characters come from Transactional Analysis. Here you can see how they use me to play tug’o’war in their own battle for superiority.
From the discussion it was clearly identified that my critical parent is very narcissistic; grandiose,egotistical self-absorbed and selfish – all this based on how I describe the critical parent as being the voice of me not being ‘good enough’ in her eyes and always being the ‘look at me, look what I can do – don’t you wish you were as good as me’ spiteful, self-centred bitch in my life. I was fascinated to the point that when I got home I decided to read more about narcissism and found that I would personally say that my critical parent has Narcissistic Personality Disorder…
Later that evening I was describing this to my fiancé and he said so what’s with the Free Child then? and I joked, “Well, if the critical parent is a narcissist then the free child is histrionic” “What’s that?” he replied, and without looking it up for more detail (as we were in bed away from the computers) I said “I’ll have to check the details but I think it’s basically the slutty, seductive side of me – after all free child only comes out to play when I’m in my impulsive, manic phases”. When I checked the definition for Histrionic Personality Disorder I was pretty close to the mark…
So, with these two minxes sitting on my shoulders we make up 3 out of the 4 Cluster B Personality Disorders – I just feel thankful that there isn’t (or at least not yet discovered) a representative of the 4th disorder (Antisocial Personality Disorder) to make things even worse – frack knows it’s bad enough already!! can you imagine Christmas with the Cluster B’s?…
So there we have it, My Cluster B Personality Disorder Comic Strip. Hope it has given you a giggle! :)
Have you got a suggestion for my next comic adventure with BPD?
Why not leave an idea in the comments below – your’s may feature in the next instalment! :)
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