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J. Nicole Little Archive

Emotional Leakage

RO DBT posits that many folks are experts at inhibiting emotions, delaying gratification and generally keeping things looking quite perfect.  And this is really important for keeping the world ticking along. But as we say in RO DBT, sometimes you can have “too much of a good thing.”  And a consequence of superior inhibitory control […]

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The Purple House: Learning to Forgive Yourself

My favourite colour has always been purple.  When I was in elementary school, living in a boring, grey stucco house, we had a neighbour who in my child’s eyes lived the charmed life.  Not only was her house raised via the slope of the road, it had a robust yard, wonderful views of our street […]

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Learning About Friendship: Lessons from Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Recently, my 14-year-old niece was visiting and overheard me talking about Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) with my partner: My niece: “What’s RO DBT?” Me: “It’s a therapy I use to help people who suffer from conditions of overcontrol.” My partner, being undercontrolled, pipes up and says: “Your Auntie helps people who don’t know how to make friends.” […]

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Heat on/Heat off

Most people can recall a childhood memory that stands out as significant in terms of pleasure or pain.  For those of us who lean to overcontrolled, we might have superior capacity to remember times that were especially embarrassing or in RO DBT terms, “heat on.”  For me, what stands out is being a grade one […]

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How Overcontrolled Clients Get Stuck in a Cycle of Disconnection from Peers: A Case Study

Alexis, a 13-year-old musical theatre student, is overcontrolled. This means that musical theatre is the anchor of her life and the frame of her identity. She had recently approached her two theatre group friends to talk about why she had not been attending rehearsals and would be unable to participate in the next theatre festival.  […]

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