Implicit affectivity in patients with borderline personality disorder
|AMYGDALA RESPONSES; borderline personality disorder; COMMUNITY; EMOTIONAL RESPONSES; explicit affect; implicit affect; indirect test; negative bias; NEGATIVE-AFFECT; Psychiatry; SELF; STATE; STRESS REACTIVITY; VALIDATION; WOMEN
|PENSIERO SCIENTIFICO EDITOR
|RIVISTA DI PSICHIATRIA
Aims. It has been argued that borderline personality disorder (BPD) is related to an enhanced affective reactivity. According to findings from research based on self-report, individuals with BPD develop and feel more negative and less positive affect than healthy individuals. Implicit affectivity, which can be measured using indirect assessment methods, relates to processes of the impulsive, intuitive system. In the present study, implicit and explicit affectivity was examined in patients suffering from BPD compared to healthy persons. Materials and methods. Thirty-five women with BPD and 35 healthy women participated in the study. Implicit affectivity was assessed using the Implicit Positive and Negative Affect Test (IPANAT). Measures of explicit state and trait affectivity were also administered. Results. BPD women had lower explicit positive state and trait affect scores and higher negative state and trait affect scores than healthy women. They had also lower implicit positive affect but they did not differ from healthy women regarding implicit negative affect. Total number of comorbid disorders was correlated with both implicit positive and implicit negative affect. Discussion and conclusions. According to our data, BPD patients exhibit reduced implicit positive affect as well as reduced explicit positive affect compared to healthy persons. According to our IPANAT data, BPD patients are characterized by a normal disposition to develop negative affective reactions which is in line with a number of findings from psycho-physiological research on BPD. Self-reports of negative affectivity in BPD could be biased by negative distortion.
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