DBT Skills in real life

24 Feb

I broke up with my girlfriend today, or she broke up with me, or I’m not really sure but it’s over.  Like I had projected I was okay with it.  That would surprise most people because people with BPD are known for their anger, intense interpersonal relationships, manipulation, and fearing people leaving.  I also got a chance to practice some of the DBT Skills with it.  I did the “How” skills which are part of mindfulness, specifically they are non-judgmentally, one-mindfully, and effectively.  I also used distraction with activities and self-soothing with the senses both of which are distress tolerance skills.  Since how skills were my homework this week I filled out the attached sheet and that explains them.  The activities was messaging a friend and the self soothing was taking a bubble bath.


I’m proud to say that they worked good with me not over reacting or getting very emotional.

6 Responses to “DBT Skills in real life”

  1. Fumbling Through Therapy February 24, 2015 at 7:51 PM #

    Nice job being skillful! Sorry about the gf, though.

    • mm172001 February 25, 2015 at 11:22 AM #

      Thank you and I’m doing okay.

  2. borderlinefunctional February 24, 2015 at 8:42 PM #

    Good on you for using the DBT skills so productively.
    I’m glad you’re feeling ok about the breakup but still sorry you’ve had to experience that loss.

    • mm172001 February 25, 2015 at 11:21 AM #

      Thank I’m glad they worked so well

  3. prideinmadness February 25, 2015 at 7:15 AM #

    Great work!!!! Sorry about your break up xoxo

    • mm172001 February 25, 2015 at 11:20 AM #

      Thanks and I’m doing okay

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