5. Identity and relationships

Emotional instability often involves having a disjointed identity, meaning that the person does not necessary experience a permanent and continuous sense of self. Relationships often have challenges brought about by a fear of abandonment and trust issues.

Emotional instability may cause a person to feel like they are a chameleon – as if they are a different person in different situations and relationships. In other words, their own identity does not feel clear and permanent. Intensity and conflicts in relationships is also a typical characteristic. The person’s experience of a family member, partner or friend can fluctuate between high idealisation and complete denigration.

The video below provides more information on how emotional instability affects a person’s identity and relationships. 

Relationships and identity