Expressively Spasmodic (e.g., displays a desultory energy level
with sudden, unexpected and impulsive outbursts; abrupt, endogenous shifts in drive state
and inhibitory controls; not only places activation and emotional equilibrium in constant
jeopardy, but engages in recurrent suicidal or self-mutilating behaviors).
(F) Interpersonally Paradoxical (e.g., although needing attention and
affection, is unpredictably contrary, manipulative and volatile, frequently eliciting
rejection rather than support; frantically reacts to fears of abandonment and isolation,
but often in angry, mercurial, and self-damaging ways).
Cognitive Style (e.g., experiences rapidly changing,
fluctuating and antithetical perceptions or thoughts concerning passing events, as well as
contrasting emotions and conflicting thoughts toward self and others, notably love, rage,
and guilt; vacillating and contradictory reactions are evoked in others by virtue of one's
behaviors, creating, in turn, conflicting and confusing social feedback).
Self-Image (e.g., experiences the confusions of an
immature, nebulous or wavering sense of identity, often with underlying feelings of
emptiness; seeks to redeem precipitate actions and changing self-presentations with
expressions of contrition and self-punitive behaviors).
Object-Relations ( e.g., internalized representations comprise
rudimentary and extemporaneously devised, but repetitively aborted learnings, resulting in
conflicting memories, discordant attitudes, contradictory needs, antithetical emotions,
erratic impulses, and clashing strategies for conflict reduction).
Regulatory Mechanism (e.g., retreats under stress to
developmentally earlier levels of anxiety tolerance, impulse control and social
adaptation; among adolescents, is unable to cope with adult demands and conflicts, as
evident in immature, if not increasingly infantile behaviors).
Morphologic Organization (e.g., inner structures exist in a sharply
segmented and conflictful configuration in which a marked lack of consistency and
congruency is seen among elements, levels of consciousness often shift and result in rapid
movements across boundaries that usually separate contrasting percepts, memories, and
affects, all of which leads to periodic schisms in what limited psychic order and cohesion
may otherwise be present, often resulting in transient, stress-related psychotic
Mood-Temperament (e.g., fails to accord unstable mood level with
external reality; has either marked shifts from normality to depression to excitement, or
has periods of dejection and apathy, interspersed with episodes of inappropriate and
intense anger, as well as brief spells of anxiety or euphoria).