Wednesday, March 18, 2009

An Overview Of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy In The Treatment Of Borderline Personality Disorder

By Kiehn, Barry & Swales, Michaela


The theory behind DBT is that due to psychological factors during their upbringing or biological factors people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) display abnormal behavior when responding to emotional stimuli. A dialectic approach accepts the current circumstances of a patient with BDP but also encouraging changes in patient behavior over time. Through regular sessions with a DBT therapist, patients with BPD identitify problamatic behaviour and discuss alternative forms of behavior that may have been better responses to emotional stimuli.

The strength of the method is that demands constant interaction between a patient and therapist. However, if there is lack of qualified therapists the strength can become a weakness duw to overwhelmed therapists not being able to give adequate attention to the patients.


From an intelligence perspective DBT could be useful in addressing cognitive bias in analysts. Analysts because of religious upbringing, sheltered childhoods, or indoctriniation to a political ideology at university, may bring biases to their jobs that effect their analysis. By taking recent estimates that were proven to be wrong analysts and managers can following the DBT format by focusing on behaviors of the analysts and external stimuli they recieved while producing an estimate.

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