3. Behaviour

When a person’s emotional regulation skills have not developed sufficiently, the person may project emotions that they find difficult through their behaviour in an undesirable manner. At the level of behaviour, emotional instability may manifest itself as impulsivity, impatience and self-harming behaviour.

A person may sometimes attempt to rid themselves of difficult emotions in harmful ways. This may lead to challenges with behavioural regulation, which are one key set of symptoms in emotional instability and minor forms of emotional dysregulation.

The video below provides information on what kind of challenges with behavioural regulation are often related to emotional instability.