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Women and Borderline Personality Disorder: Symptoms and Stories Paperback – December 1, 2000
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This book is one of many unfortunate products of a small portion of the academic community that has isolated itself from an academic world generally dedicated to argument, reason, evidence, and truth. The book displays little evidence for a consideration, let alone a tolerance, for the truth, but in its stead offers a fantasy tale about a horrible illness that grips so many within our society.
As is so tiresomely typical of these sorts of texts, we are fed a weary history of old practices concerning mental illness (yes indeed, there was ignorance back then), with absolute ignorance concerning current research (please folks, get up to date), coupled with loose metaphoric fantasia substituting for any reasoned argument. To offer one example (a prominent one in the book), scattered references to a "flood" or a "torrent" of emotion taken from selected sources in the field is somehow translated into references to the menstrual cycle in women. The "somehow" is impossible to discern. I would not recommend readers to attempt to decipher any logical steps to the conclusion.
It is a sad fact that this comes out of academe. And it is harmful. People who have BPD or who are the loved ones of BPDs need information, not feminist fantasies. For any who wishes information I would recommend "Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified," by Robert Friedel.
For the record, I am an academic in the field of Philosophy, and I have a loved one who is suffering from BPD.