Biosocial theory invalidating environment

For example, a child who cries or says, “I feel sad,” doesn’t elicit a response from his parents, but sometimes when he says, “I want to kill myself,” the parents become hugely concerned, and provide care and support.

The third characteristic is oversimplifying the ease of solving problems; “If you just try harder, I’m sure you can figure out how to pass your math test.” Many of our clients have grown up in a household where there was abuse or neglect.

This is invalidation to the extreme; the very people who were supposed to protect you did not do so.

But sometimes you have an “ordinary” family but there are so many other stressors (financial, medical) that they can’t deal with a child’s emotional needs.

Emotionally escalated responses (e.g, screaming, attacking, threatening self-harm) can pull for more invalidation from one’s environment and at the same time, our clients typically lack the skills to have their needs met in other ways.One of the primary ways we understand emotion dysregulation in DBT is through the biosocial model of disorder, which posits that a biological vulnerability to one’s emotions transacts with an invalidating environment, thus resulting in pervasive emotion dysregulation.Some people are biologically predisposed to be more vulnerable to their emotions.Access to society journal content varies across our titles.If you have access to a journal via a society or association membership, please browse to your society journal, select an article to view, and follow the instructions in this box.

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