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DBT Secondary Target List

  1. Increase emotion modulation Decrease emotional reactivity
  2. Increase self-validation Decrease self-invalidation
  3. Increase realistic decisions/judgment Decrease crisis generating behaviors
  4. Increase emotional experiencing Decrease inhibited grieving
  5. Increase active problem solving Decrease active-passivity behaviors
  6. Increase accurate emotional expression Decrease mood dependent behavior.

Borderline Behavioral Patterns: The Three Dialectical Dimensions

A key point about these patterns is that the discomfort of the extreme points on each of these dimensions insures that individuals vacillate back and forth between the polarities.

Reference: Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, Dr. Marsha Linehan, Guilford Press: 1993.


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