linocut on paper, 2022
splitting is a trauma function that exists within borderline personality disorder, when someone experiences polarised or absolute thinking, we often refer to it as ‘black and white thinking’. for those with bpd this ‘black and white’ thinking can lead to cognitive distortions in assessing situations and individuals. the term splitting usually refers to when an individual experiences a rapid shift in perspective, often switching from states of idealisation to devaluation. symptoms can include; sudden mood swings, changes of behaviour, expecting other to take sides, use of extreme language. this work explores my personal relationship with splitting, in regards to my lover. I experience extreme shifts in belief during splitting episodes. one moment this person is my best friend and partner, the next the worst person i know. this is a defence mechanism triggered when my nervous system believes we are in danger of being abandoned.