What is DBT? (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)
DBT is based on Marsha Linehan’s biosocial theory of personality functioning in which these behavioral, emotional and thinking patterns (based on her work with Borderline Personality Disorders) are seen as stemming from a core problem with emotion regulation. According to this theory, the inability to regulate ones’ emotions is the result of both a biologically-based emotional sensitivity and a pervasively invalidating environment. From this perspective, self-harming behaviors function as maladaptive attempts at problem-solving, where the primary problem to be solved is unbearable emotional distress.
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