Crying and Borderline Personality Disorder
A recent article examined crying in persons with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Intense emotions, emotional reactivity, difficulty coping with and controlling emotions: these are all common in persons with BPD. The authors sought to find out, do people with BPD cry more, and for different reasons, than persons who do not have BPD?
The results suggest that, yes, persons with borderline personality disorder do cry more than persons without BPD. However, they found that persons with BPD deal with tears in a similar manner to persons without BPD- that is, they do not try to cry, nor cry excessively once they start. The authors suggest that persons with borderline personality disorder cry more because they actually face more situations which illicit tears. That is, BPD results in situations more likely cause crying, or misperceptions about situations, rather than directly causing more crying. Persons with BPD tended to look at situations in a way more likely to cause crying than others.
Most interestingly, persons with BPD showed a lower awareness of the impact of their tears on others. Persons without BPD were more aware (and perhaps self-conscious) of the effects of their emotional display on others. Persons with borderline personality disorder were less likely to consider the impact of their tears on persons around them.