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What are the best books to recommend to people who want to learn and understand more about your disorder? Something that talks about how they can set boundaries and protect/care for themselves when I'm not at my best. I'm asking for your recommendations because I know there is a lot of toxic, biased information out there and I definitely don't want that. Thanks!

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Lost in the Mirror has a relatively decent chapter for friends and family and it's a good overall book as well.

 

The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide is written at a very simple level and could be useful for understanding.

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I have heard bad things about Stop Walking on Eggshells - specifically that it is quite stigmatizing - and just by reading the blurb, my hopes wouldn't be high.

 

I actually looked at that book today, and the back of it says "Do you feel manipulated, controlled or lied to?" along with some other bull shit. I totally see it being stigmatizing. If without even reading the book, I could tell it paints people with BPD as liars, manipulators and control freaks... it must be a pretty bad book. 

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Valerie Porr's book Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder seems promising.  Focus is not my strong suit at the moment, but on skimming it looks like a compassionate and insightful family/friend guide, with only a few offensive clunkers I've noticed so far.  Interesting chapter on the science of BPD and how sufferers' brains are mis-firing, some of which was new to me.  I like that 3/4 of the book is devoted to therapies and recovery.

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