Girl in need of a tourniquet
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Girl in Need of a Tourniquet: Memoir of a Borderline Personality
Johnson describes the feeling of "bleeding out" unable to tell where she stopped and where her partner began. A self-confessed "psycho girlfriend," she was influenced by many emotional factors from her past.
She recalls her path through a dysfunctional, destructive relationship, while recounting the experiences that brought her to her breaking point. In recognizing her struggle with borderline personality disorder, Johnson is ultimately able to seek help, embarking on a soul-searching healing process.
It's a path that is painful, difficult, and at times heart-wrenching, but ultimately makes her more able to love and coexist in healthy relationships. Sold and delivered by Audible, an Amazon company. Read more Read less. Free sleep tracks. A good night's sleep is essential for keeping our minds and bodies strong.
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Verified Purchase. I was pretty excited to read a newer memoir of BPD. Then the book arrived. While reading, I vacillated between meh and eh with an occasional quick flip back thinking I missed a page. Tip for this book: you never missed a page. It just reads like that. I think the author thinks she's arty. I found the prose overly worked in sections and fortune cookie-like in others--and I do not think this was a literary device.
Or if it was, it didn't work. Doggedly, I saw it through. It doesn't get better; it doesn't get worse. Plus: I did find the cover art to be quite good. The author focuses on a relatively small slice of her life, recalling tumultuous relationships and her "psychological journey" during this time. Sometimes this can be distracting, as it pulls you out of the author's own account, but in some ways I appreciated this- there are experts on personality disorders and they have probably said it better than or more concisely than those of us who are not personality experts.
I believe it could be very triggering, more so than other memoirs I have read, and may not be the best reading option if you are not "in a safe place" emotionally.
This memoir of a college instructor coming to terms with her recent diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder is an excellent read.
She is able to hide her constant turmoil and chaos from others including coworkers for a long time, but eventually her affair with a coworker and then a student gives her dysfunctional reasoning away. At one point she cuts her arm with a razor all night and then proudly displays her arm at work the next day in sleeveless attire; it amazes me she was able to keep her job. The ending was abrupt and jumpy, and I would honestly like to know how she managed to maintain a job teaching college students while proudly displaying her cutting and making out with students in the parking lot, even riding with one to a conference held in Atlanta.
That boggles my mind that the college didn't step in Its beautifully written, however there is no real flow. Also she only describes a small chunk of her life. It feels like you're being thrust into the middle of someone's list and are being forced to figure out the pieces of her life yourself. I struggled to get through this. Ive read and enjoyed other bpd memoirs but this just wasn't one of them.
Very disappointing. And she never really gets into how she began recovery. The book finishes abruptly. I loved reading this book. The unique writing style of the author kept me intrigued. Although there was quite a bit of it I didn't personally relate to, I still felt completely able to travel alongside her throughout the book, due to the extraordinary writing. Toward the end, when she explains Borderline Personality Disorder in more detail, I found it to be really informative and helpful.
I have recommended this book to others since finishing it. One person found this helpful. This was so hard to follow. I wanted so much to like it, but I just eventually lost interest in the story. Although at times hard to follow, overall a very good representation of BPD.
Causes many 'been there -done similar' thoughts. Good read. Reccommend to anyone's who has Borderline Personality Disorder and the people who love them.
See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. We are stubborn. I read this book in hope that it would help push forward my own recovery from BPD I might add but I honestly cannot recommend it for anyone. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again. Hated this book. I've read A LOT of books on what it's like to be borderline and I have to say I found this the least accessible of them all. I just couldn't relate to it at all.
It felt really false and 'crafted', like a novelist trying to imagine what it's like to be borderline and show off their writing skills, rather than someone's actual lived experience - it just didn't feel genuine at all and when you're writing about something like this, it needs to be. This book seemed so 'constructed' and contrived which made it very hard to engage with the narrator or relate to their experience.
At times it felt like a caricature of people like me - I found it really irritating and frustrating. Plus the book lurches all over the place, it's very 'bitty' and disjointed, not helped by the Emily Dickinson style punctuation.
I just hated it. Extremely relatable. This book should provide a 'trigger warning' in the details. I was completely mystified why a book about someone with BPD would have illustrations like those of "cutting".
One would assume a book about a specific illness would be read by others with the same - which may involve self-harm ie cutting. I had to return the book without finishing it, because it was triggering, I would have appreciated them as advertising the book as having "triggering illustrations". It may not mean much to some, but for those of us who use self-harm to cope under distress, the images - though slight - are haunting.
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Though many of the best literary voices, queer or otherwise, have grappled with mental illness at one point or another, the experience remains cloaked in profound silence and shame. Despite my love of memoir, and the potential for this book to break through stigma, most of the time it felt intentionally disjointed. I was repeatedly left wondering what the overarching point of the book was, beyond I assume having been cathartic to Johnson.
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With raw honesty, Lisa Johnson tells of her lived experience with borderline personality disorder. Johnson, Merri Lisa. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press, Storytelling thus acts in revolutionary and empowering ways, allowing the memoirist to present a version of self that might directly counter the authority of medicine. Personal stories also individualize, offering discrete perspectives against the anonymity of symptoms or etiologies. She recalls her path through a dysfunctional and destructive relationship with a married colleague, recounting the experiences that brought her to her breaking point. In recognizing her struggle with BPD, Johnson is eventually able to reach out and seek help. She embarks on a soul-searching, psychological healing process. For the majority of this text, Johnson focuses on the confusion, panic, and chaos that characterizes an affair with a woman, Emily.
Girl in Need of a Tourniquet
Johnson describes the feeling of "bleeding out" unable to tell where she stopped and where her partner began. A self-confessed "psycho girlfriend," she was influenced by many emotional factors from her past. She recalls her path through a dysfunctional, destructive relationship, while recounting the experiences that brought her to her breaking point. In recognizing her struggle with borderline personality disorder, Johnson is ultimately able to seek help, embarking on a soul-searching healing process.
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‘Girl in Need of a Tourniquet’ by Merri Lisa Johnson