Back in 1996 I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and was trained in DBT and mindfulness. One of the fun aspects of becoming mindful are using simple objects that focus our awareness on the five senses and ground us in the present. These little objects can act as self-soothers when we feel like we are about to lose control or “go off” on someone.
The tools are ridiculously simple and it’s shocking how effective they can be in helping us get a handle on impulsive, childish behaviors and grounding us in the present.
DBT training has been successful with many borderlines, and has also shown some success for some narcissists, especially covert narcissists, whose behaviors are similar to BPD.
I wrote about a few of these in my other blog. I’ll link these articles rather than reposting them.
I hope some of you find them helpful in becoming more mindful.
1. Turtle (mindfulness tool I learned in DBT classes)