Borderline symptoms include impulsive behavior, intense and unstable relationships, unstable self-image, and an unstable sense of self. An unstable sense of self can lead to periods of dissociation.  Borderline individuals feel emotions more easily, more deeply, and for longer than others do. An emotion typically lasts for 12 seconds, but for them it can last up to 20 percent longer. People with instability of interpesonal relationship often engage in idealization and devaluation of others, alternating between high positive regard and heavy disappointment or dislike. This behavior reflects a black-and-white thinking style, as well as the intensity with which borderline individuals feel emotions.

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