contacting-u asked: Doing the BPD checklist I had difficulty answering if I engage in potentially self-damaging activities. I wasn't sure what that entails. I was wondering if self-sabotage and things that are comparatively "low-key" self-damaging would be considered self-damaging still. I have a habit of not going to school/work or texting a friend even when I know it may lead to a fight, for example. This can be very damaging, but not sure if that's what's meant by it.
Answer: I think it’s vague on purpose in the DSM because it can mean so many things. In the DSM, the description was “excludes self-harm” (since that is its own point in the criteria later). Even “low-key” self-damaging activity counts. More “traditional” examples include shoplifting, over-spending, etc. But I think they can also count as playing hooky or starting a fight. I get into shouting matches in bars a lot. (combo of self-damaging activity and hot temper). Though, in my defense, those folks usually deserved to be yelled at.