Managing Borderline Personality Splitting: How Neuroscience Can Help – MindLab Neuroscience

Woman with Borderline Personality Disorder - Splitting

I. Introduction

A. Explanation of Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a mental health condition characterized by intense and unstable emotions, difficulty regulating emotions, impulsivity, and problems with relationships. People with BPD may also experience a distorted sense of self, fear of abandonment, and a tendency towards black-and-white thinking.

B. Definition of Splitting

Splitting is a common symptom of BPD that involves seeing things in extremes or black-and-white terms. This can include having a highly idealized view of someone or something one moment and then viewing them as entirely negative or evil the next. Splitting can also involve feelings of intense fear of abandonment and rejection.

C. Importance of Understanding Splitting in BPD

Understanding splitting is crucial for individuals with BPD and their loved ones. It can help people with BPD recognize when they are experiencing this symptom and take steps to manage it. It can also help loved ones better understand why their behavior or feelings may seem confusing or unpredictable.

II. How Neuroscience Can Help People with BPD

Advancements in neuroscience have shed light on how the brain works and how it relates to mental health conditions such as BPD. Understanding the brain circuits involved in regulating emotions can help individuals with BPD develop strategies to manage their symptoms. Neurofeedback is one example of a technique that uses real-time brain activity to train individuals to regulate their emotions more effectively. By learning to control brainwave activity, individuals with BPD can improve their emotional regulation and reduce the intensity of symptoms such as splitting.

III. Coping Strategies for Splitting in BPD

A. Mindfulness and Grounding Techniques

Mindfulness and grounding techniques can help individuals with BPD become more aware of their thoughts and emotions and stay present in the moment. These techniques can include deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualization.

B. Emotion Regulation Skills

Emotion regulation skills can help individuals with BPD manage intense emotions, such as anger or sadness, in a healthy way. These skills can include self-soothing techniques, positive self-talk, and distress tolerance skills.

C. Self-Soothing Techniques

Self-soothing techniques can be helpful for managing intense emotions and reducing stress. These techniques can include taking a warm bath, listening to calming music, or engaging in a relaxing activity.

D. Self-Care Practices

Self-care practices can help individuals with BPD manage their mental health and reduce stress. These practices include exercise, healthy eating, getting enough sleep, and spending time with loved ones.

IV. Conclusion

A. Summary of the importance of addressing splitting in BPD

Understanding and managing splitting is essential for individuals with BPD to improve their mental health and relationships.

B. Encouragement to seek professional help and support

If you or a loved one is struggling with BPD and the symptoms of splitting, it is important to seek professional help and support. At MindLab Neuroscience, we specialize in using neuroscience techniques to help individuals with BPD and other mental health conditions. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about how we can help you improve your mental health and quality of life.

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Dr. Sydney Ceruto

Dr. Sydney Ceruto

A Pioneer in Neuroscience-Driven Coaching

As the founder of MindLAB Neuroscience, Dr. Sydney Ceruto has been a leading force in integrating neuroscience into coaching and counseling for over two decades. With three master's degrees in psychology and two PhDs in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, she is widely considered a top expert in her field.

Harnessing the power of brain-based coaching, Dr. Ceruto's innovative approach focuses on neuroscience, neuroplasticity, and neural pathway rewiring to foster lasting positive change in mental health.

Dr. Ceruto holds esteemed memberships in the Forbes Executive Council, Positive Performance Alliance, Wharton Executive Education Program, the International Society of Female Professionals, and executive writing positions for Alternatives Watch, Brainz Magazine, and TED: Ideas Worth Spreading.

Dr. Ceruto's accomplishments include:

  • The 2022 CREA Award.
  • A lead research position at NYU Steinhardt.
  • Volunteer work with Covenant House and the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI).


Her science-backed method of
Neural Rewiring has successfully guided thousands of clients toward happier, more productive, and more resilient lives.