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Uncovering the Social-Cognitive Contributors to Social Dysfunction in Borderline Personality Disorder Through Language Analysis

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/08/2023
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Personality Disorders
Issue number4
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by severe interpersonal dysfunction, yet the underlying nature of such dysfunction remains poorly understood. The present study adopted a behavioral approach to more objectively describe the social-cognitive contributors to interpersonal dysfunction in BPD. Participants (N = 530) completed an online survey comprising validated measures of BPD features and other problematic interpersonal traits (e.g., narcissism), as well as a writing prompt where they were asked to share their personal thoughts about relationships. Computerized language analysis methods were used to quantify various psychosocial dimensions of participants’ writing, which were incorporated into a principal component analysis. Analyses revealed four core social dimensions of thought: (1) Connectedness/Intimacy; (2) Immediacy; (3) Social Rumination; (4) Negative Affect. All four dimensions correlated with BPD features in intuitive ways, some of which were specific to BPD. This study highlights the value of natural language analysis to explore fundamental dimensions of personality disorder.