Splitting Behavior

by Cathy Parkes March 05, 2021 Updated: December 29, 2021

A patient with borderline personality disorder: Exhibits SPLITTING behavior (i.e. characterizes people/things as ALL good or ALL bad). Engages in impulsive behavior. Is at high risk for self-harm! Provide for patient safety.

A patient with borderline personality disorder:

  • Exhibits SPLITTING behavior (i.e. characterizes people/things as ALL good or ALL bad).
  • Engages in impulsive behavior.
  • Is at high risk for self-harm! Provide for patient safety.

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