Practical Tools for Living with Someone who has a Personality Disorder

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This Online Self-Study Course (Which can be completed at your own pace and in your own time at home) includes the following:

  • Intro: Understanding Personality Disorders- An Overview of Healthy vs. Unhealthy Personality

  • Week 1: How Emotions Affect Thinking (and Errors in Thinking in Personality Disorders)

  • Week 2: Deescalating Narcissists with Reflective Listening

  • Week 3: Setting Limits with Manipulators

  • Week 4: Mentalization Skills for Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Week 5: Co-parenting with a Partner with a Personality Disorder

  • Week 5: Review

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Most of us know when we’re dealing with an unhealthy person, but sometimes we try not to think about it.

This is not always just denial, or minimizing to ourselves how much the problem is affecting us…sometimes we believe there’s nothing that can make things better without putting us in a terrible position, such as needing to leave a relationship or cut someone off (which may not be what someone wants or is ready to do).

This course will teach you tools you can use…specifically if you’re trying to co-parent with someone difficult, or more generally if the difficult person in your life is your mother-in-law, a sibling, or a parent with a personality disorder.

  • Being controlled, manipulated, or undermined can be so subtle, you may not even realize how much of yourself you’ve lost.

  • Many times we excuse and deny problems that are clearly staring us right in the face…not because we want to, because when you don’t know what to do about a situation, minimizing it can be so much easier than feeling frustrated and helpless and shutting down. Denial or dissociation help us cope, go on.

  • Sometimes even when your gut keeps telling you all along that something’s wrong, your partner (or whoever it is) puts on such a good façade in front of others that you wonder if you’re just imagining things…or else other people invalidate your perceptions.

  • You may be mentally, emotionally, physically and psychologically exhausted. Taking care of your children, the house, work, the bills…making excuses and covering up for a partner who does not carry their weight…feeling unsupported, being questioned and invalidated…having someone in your life who disrespects your boundaries…the stress piles on higher and higher until you feel like you’re going to collapse.

  • Things may seem to get better for just long enough for you to keep going on with the way things are. Even though something really does need to change.

Having someone validate, name, and explain what you’re dealing with can lift the fog of confusion and pain that is hanging over your life.

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Learning tools for deescalating someone with personality disorder, helping your children talk about what they’re going through, setting clear boundaries without feeling like you’re being mean, and being able to say no even when you’re being guilted or manipulated, can make a huge difference.

There are tools that can help you.

These are not magic answers and they aren’t easy to implement. But they are effective and they’re clear. You will understand what you are dealing with, where things stand, what you can and cannot change, and how to care for yourself and your children without making things worse.

Are you ready?

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About the Course Creator: Mirel Goldstein, MS, MA, LPC is an award-winning, licensed therapist with 20+ years of clinical experience and is a published author and expert on personality disorders.