Establishing boundaries is a challenge for me. Maybe if I understood this better, I would be more successful at work and in my relationships.
By Melvin G. McInnis, MD
Personal boundaries are dynamic. For the average person, boundaries mean distinguishing one’s self, or ego (what makes me me), from that of others. Psychodynamic theory proclaims the “id” to be the primitive elements of desire, while the “ego” negotiates the world and its boundaries. Boundaries may be self-imposed (the “superego”) or by other authority. Sigmund Freud, the founder of the psychodynamic approach to psychology, described the human psyche as made up of these three aspects—the primitive, impulsive id; the reasonable, decision-making ego; and the superego, which incorporates the values and morals of society and seeks to mediate between the chaotically self-absorbed id and the rigidly rational ego.
Boundaries can be a challenge at the best of times, but in the context of bipolar disorder boundaries are often shattered by mood swings. At one end of the spectrum, “dilute” boundaries (overfamiliarity) can lead to dangerous situations, while at the other extreme, impenetrable boundaries can prevent loved ones from helping in times of need.
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