Now I have been doing some more analysis today of the 1200 questionnaires that were completed in the 2007-11 womb twin research project. ( Tried it yet? It can be interesting to do.) I was in search of a particular statistic about Borderline Personality Disorder and I was astonished at what I found.
I believe that the so called "symptoms" of borderline personality disorder are no more than a list of characteristic responses to being a womb twin survivor. I wrote about it before on this blog (see here.)
Any how, here is the list of "symptoms" that are said to be related to this "disorder" according to the psychiatrists, who obviously know what they are talking about:
- Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
- A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation.
- Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self.
- Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating).
- Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior.
- Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days).
- Chronic feelings of emptiness.
- Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights).
- Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms.
Then I found that the national statistic for the incidence of borderline personality disorder is about 2% - one study made it 6%, but I found nothing higher than that.
An incredible 58% of the questionnaire respondents (with evidence of their missing twin) qualify as having Borderline personality disorder - that is, they showed 5 out of the 9 symptoms.
Furthermore, nearly 12% had ALL NINE symptoms.
I wonder why no one has noticed this before? If this is a first, then if this interests you, spread the word!
Anyway, here it is, and it's going into the new book, which I am writing at the moment.