Dialectics in DBT

A wonderful explanation of the “what is” of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). A good read for anyone who is a person or who has contact with a person who is going through the DBT process.

Living with Borderline Personality Disorder

DBT stands forDialectical Behavioural Therapy. But what does this name really mean? Many of us will understand conceptually what ‘behavioural therapies’ are. But what on Earth is a ‘dialectic’?!

A dialectic occurs when multiple things – which are seemingly incompatible or opposite to one another – can both exist and be true simultaneously. For example, it is possible to be both happy and sad at the same time; to love someone and hate them at the same time; to be both scared but also willing and brave to push through that fear, at the same time.

The core dialectic in DBT is that of ‘Acceptance’ versus ‘Change’. Much of DBT is centred around balancing these two concepts. DBT aims to validate and acknowledge someone’s experiences as acceptable whilst at the same time flagging them up as potentially maladaptive and requiring change.

In many situations, dialectics can be especially difficult…

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