Brief ReportSelf-Reported Emotional Dysregulation But No Impairment of Emotional Intelligence in Borderline Personality Disorder An Explorative StudyBeblo, Thomas PhD*†; Pastuszak, Anna Diplom‡; Griepenstroh, Julia Diplom*; Fernando, Silvia Diplom*; Driessen, Martin MD, PhD*; Schütz, Astrid PhD§; Rentzsch, Katrin Diplom§; Schlosser, Nicole Diplom*Author Information *Department of Research, Evaluation and Documentation, Clinic of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Bethel, Remterweg, Bielefeld, Germany; †Department of Psychology, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany; ‡Department of Medical Psychology, Collegium Medicum, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland; and §Department of Psychology, University of Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany. Send reprint requests to Thomas Beblo, PhD, Division of Research, Evaluation and Documentation, Clinic of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Bethel, Ev. Hospital Bielefeld, Remterweg 69–71, 33617 Bielefeld, Germany. E-mail: [email protected]. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: May 2010 - Volume 198 - Issue 5 - p 385-388 doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181da4b4f Buy Metrics Abstract Emotional dysfunction is a key feature of patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) but emotional intelligence (EI) has rarely been investigated in this sample. This study aimed at an investigation of ability EI, general intelligence, and self-reported emotion regulation in BPD. We included 19 patients with BPD and 20 healthy control subjects in the study. EI was assessed by means of the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso emotional intelligence test and the test of emotional intelligence. For the assessment of general intelligence, we administered the multidimensional “Leistungsprüfsystem-Kurzversion.” The emotion regulation questionnaire and the difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale were used to assess emotion regulation. The patients with BPD did not exhibit impairments of ability EI and general intelligence but reported severe impairments in emotion regulation. Ability EI was related both to general intelligence (patients and controls) and to self-reported emotion regulation (patients). In conclusion, emotional dysfunction in BPD might primarily affect self-perceived behavior rather than abilities. Intense negative emotions in everyday life may trigger dysfunctional emotion regulation strategies in BPD although patients possess sufficient theoretical knowledge about optimal regulation strategies. © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.