'''Biosocial Theory''' is a theory in behavioural science|behavioral and social science that suggests the attribution of disorders of personality and conditions of mind to the reaction of biologically determined personality traits to environmental stimuli
[Cloninger C. R., [http://wwwncbinlmnihgov/entrez/queryfcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=3809156&dopt=Abstract A unified biosocial theory of personality and its role in the development of anxiety states] PubMed] [Matson J. L., [http://wwwncbinlmnihgov/entrez/queryfcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=3160305&dopt=Abstract Biosocial theory of psychopathology: a three by three factor model]PubMed]
Biosocial Theory in DBT
It is common for therapists using a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy model in the treatment of Borderline personality disorder to stress to clients that causes for their condition come both from a biological propensity to their emotional state and an invalidating environment that by it's negative reactions reinforces their dysfunctional behavior
A traumatic event can start the emotional or interpersonal dysregulation that spawns a vicious cycle of increased negative behavior
as the person continues to react to the environments invalidation and the environment inreasingly devalues them
"DBT is based on a biosocial theory
of personality functioning in which BPD is seen as a biological disorder of emotional regulation
The disorder is characterized by heightened sensitivity to emotion
increased emotional in-tensity and a slow return to emotional baseline Characteristic behaviors and emotional experiences associated with BPD theoretically result
from the expression of this biological dysfunction in a social environment
experienced as invalidating by the borderline patient"
[ McLean Hospital Psychiatic Update January 1999 http://wwwborderlinepersonalityca/dbtpromisingtreathtm ]
The importance of stressing the biosocial theory
to the client in therapy is that the information becomes a tool
of validation in itself offering the client the option of seeing their problems as no fault of their own while also offering them the possibility if taking responsibility
for future change
"The biosocial theory
suggests that BPD is a disorder of self-regulation and particularly of emotional regulation
which results from biological irregularities combined with certain dysfunctional environments as well as from their interaction and transaction over time"
[ Linehan M. M. (1993a) Cognitive–Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder New : Guilford Press ]
An exposition on the drawbacks of viewing human
creativity through the lens of the Biosocial Theory
"Classical conditioning arrousal and crime: A biosocial perspective"