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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.”

Of course, RO DBT is a bit more complicated than that, but we do know that emotional loneliness is at the root of “overcontrolled” conditions such as depression, anxiety, and anorexia nervosa.

Read the entire blog on the PsychCentral website.