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Submitted by Mohammed Saleem Akhtar (United States), Oct 2, 2005 at 00:48

Ever heard of a phenomenon called 'Splitting'? Let me define it for you --

Splitting is a major image distorting mechanism in which other people are divided into good and bad, the former idealized and the latter devalued. This compartmentalization fails to integrate the positive and negative qualities of the self or others into a cohesive image, eliminating balanced views and expectations of self and others.

A 'borderline' personality utilizes splitting as a bedrock psychological defense mechanism. Only way to cure is raising this issue to one's consciousness and understanding that this problem can be helpful in understanding oneself and others and in assessing the level of health with which a person is responding to anxiety producing situations. And, awareness and understanding make it possible to learn more appropriate and effective coping styles that are more likely to promote health and well-being and healthier interpersonal relating.

So to some people on this forum.. please dont 'split'!.. you are only poisoning your mind and living an unhealthy life. Look at the individual/person and not his/her religion or beliefs. Idealism doesnt work.
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