Emotion Dysregulation

DBT Skills Training Manual

Although emotional responses are systemic responses, they can be viewed as consisting of the following interacting subsystems:

(1) emotional vulnerability to cues;

(2) internal and/ or external events that, when attended to, serve as emotional cues (e.g., prompting events);

(3) appraisal and interpretations of the cues;

(4) response tendencies, including neurochemical and physiological responses, experiential responses, and action urges;

(5) nonverbal and verbal expressive responses and actions; and

(6) aftereffects of the initial emotional “firing,” including secondary emotions

Emotion dysregulation is the inability, even when one’s best efforts are applied, to change or regulate emotional cues, experiences, actions, verbal responses, and/or nonverbal expressions under normative conditions.

Pervasive emotion dysregulation is due to vulnerability to high emotionality, together with an inability to regulate intense emotion linked responses. Characteristics of emotion dysregulation include

  • an excess of painful emotional experiences;
  • an inability to regulate intense arousal;
  • problems turning attention away from emotional cues;
  • cognitive distortions and failures in information processing;
  • insufficient control of impulsive behaviors related to strong positive and negative affect;
  • difficulties organizing and coordinating activities to achieve non-mood-dependent goals during emotional arousal;
  • and a tendency to “freeze” or dissociate under very high stress.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


How Does a Person With BPD Deal with Rejection?

via How Does a Person With Borderline Personality Disorder Deal with Rejection? –

Free Live Webinar: How to Manage Your Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors

via Free Live Webinar: How to Manage Your Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors

“Affect Labeling”: Step ONE in Emotional Self-Care – Mindful Mastery

via “Affect Labeling”: Step ONE in Emotional Self-Care | Mindful-Mastery

Recent Posts: DBT Peer Connections

Respecting Emotion & Regulating Emotion: An Introduction to Checking the Facts

Emotions are like a sixth sense because like sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell, they give us important information about our environment that we need to survive. What makes emotions so special is that they help us to act quickly when logical thought is too slow for us to engage in problem-solving. (See Situations below.) However, for people who may be unusually emotionally reactive, sensitive, or have learned to judge or invalidate their emotional sixth sense from culture, values, gender roles, parents, family, loved ones, etc., emotions may not always cause the expected effective response. Therefore, dialectical behavior therapy came up with the skill checking the facts to help us figure out if our emotional responses fit the facts and intensity of a situation and whether an unwanted or distressing emotion needs skills toward accepting and changing or skills toward accepting and tolerating.

Consultation Team Agreements for DBT Peer Support Specialists

Adapted from the Linehan Board of Certification by Rachel Cara Gill For DBT Peer Connections Facebook Group Administrators Consultation Team All DBT Connections Facebook Group Administrators are required to complete the FREE DBT Skills Training E-course prior to joining the consultation team Request to join DBT Peer Connections Facebook Skills Support Group as a general […]

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 869 other followers

Follow Borderline & PMDD on WordPress.com


Blog Stats

  • 15,518 hits


%d bloggers like this: