International Congress on Borderline Personality Disorder edition:2nd edition location:Amsterdam, The Netherlands date:27-29 September 2012
Introduction: Traumatized and depressed patients have difficulties more frequently use an observer perspective (as set against a field perspective) during memory retrieval. We studied these phenomenon in relation to borderline symptoms and effortful control (EC). Methods: 148 (66 males) volunteers completed the Autobiographical Memory Test, the EC Scale of the Adult Temperament Questionnaire, and the Borderline Syndrome Index. Results: Higher EC scores reflected less borderline complaints. Furthermore, interpersonal borderline symptoms were positively associated with the proportion of observer memories, and this relationship was found to be mediated by the EC scale activation control. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that borderline patients would benefit from (experiential) exposure.