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01.01.1970 01:0000    Comments: 2    Categories: You Asked (Text Files)      Tags:

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"Can TPM be used with a person who has been diagnosed as Borderline Personality?"

 

Ed Smith's response:

 

The same question could be asked about any other mental diagnosis. Can TPM be effective with eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, personality disorders, panic disorders, etc.? A better question might be to ask, "In what area of emotional human suffering will TPM NOT works? I have answered this question in several places in the New Revised Basic Seminar Manual but will give a general response here. TPM is focused on "lie-based thinking" and has no remedy for resolving that which is rooted in anything else other than falsehood. This is not to say that God has not provided other solutions outside of TPM, for indeed He has. For example, I believe that God could completely heal a mental disorder by just doing so if He chooses. He does not need an approach or systematized method to accomplish whatever He wills. However, if a person's emotional condition is rooted in something other than lie-based thinking (example a chemical imbalance or brain disorder) then applying TPM will not have any effect. If a person's diagnosed condition of borderline personality is rooted in a physiological condition and not lie-based, then TPM cannot help this specific area of their struggle. However, all people are lie-based to some degree and need their minds renewed with truth. When the Apostle Paul declares "be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Rom. 12:2) he is not just addressing a select portion of the Body of Christ; he is addressing us all.

 

Therefore, TPM may very well be effective in helping a person with a chemical imbalance producing borderline symptomology to move deeper into truth but have little or no impact on the borderline symptomology. My approach when dealing with a person with a previous diagnosis is not worry about symptom reduction but rather focus on the lie-based thinking in his or her life and wait to see what transformation results after they receive ministry. Transformation (not controlled behavior) is a true test that something has occurred in a person's life. Transformation is a place of freedom and victory that results when the Lord does a work in us. It is not a place that we have to struggle to maintain or defend. It is a metamorphous from one state of being to another. What was, no longer is. A person with a diagnosis of borderline personality can experience transformation in any place in their life where genuine renewal from lie-based thinking has been eliminated just as anyone else.

 

I hope that this helps

 

Ed Smith

 
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  •  JonathanHall wrote 1483 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I understand and appreaciate your answer. However, in terms of OCD issues, in your experience, about what percentage of this issue is lie-based. Obviously, every OCD person has lie-based beliefs. Still, when confronted with an OCD person, I would like some realistic expectations in terms of possible healing. I have personally seen God heal many people of many things, but people presenting OCD behaviors has not been as effective. I want to make sure that my lack of results is not based on a false assumption that OCD is mostly a neurological issue when in fact it might still be mostly a lie-based issue.

    Certainly, when you are presented with an OCD issue you go into the prayer time with an expectation level of how much healing might be anticipated based on your experiences. I'm asking you to share your thoughts on this, recongnzing that nothing is ever exactly the same.

     
       
     
     
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  •  JonathanHall wrote 1483 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I understand and appreaciate your answer. However, in terms of OCD issues, in your experience, about what percentage of this issue is lie-based. Obviously, every OCD person has lie-based beliefs. Still, when confronted with an OCD person, I would like some realistic expectations in terms of possible healing. I have personally seen God heal many people of many things, but people presenting OCD behaviors has not been as effective. I want to make sure that my lack of results is not based on a false assumption that OCD is mostly a neurological issue when in fact it might still be mostly a lie-based issue.

    Certainly, when you are presented with an OCD issue you go into the prayer time with an expectation level of how much healing might be anticipated based on your experiences. I'm asking you to share your thoughts on this, recongnzing that nothing is ever exactly the same.

     
       
     
     
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