What is it about?

We repeatedly measured three features of borderline personality disorder and three experiences related to anxiety using smartphones. We then examined how these different variables related to one another over time. Results suggested that there were very few links between experiences that were common to the whole sample. Instead, each participant looked fairly distinct from the others.

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Why is it important?

The results suggest that symptoms of psychopathology may not work together in the same way for everyone. This argues that understanding these disorders may require a person-by-person focus, to some degree. Also, different types of interventions may be effective for different people, depending on their idiographic symptom dynamics.

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This page is a summary of: Dynamics among borderline personality and anxiety features in psychotherapy outpatients: An exploration of nomothetic and idiographic patterns., Personality Disorders Theory Research and Treatment, October 2019, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/per0000363.
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