SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Folks, I've been considering taking what's called a "directed research" course. I've been away from school for many years and I am planning to take this course as a non-traditional student. Through email communication, the course instructor has told me that there is a lot of flexibility there and I can present her with potential research ideas and she will do her best to accommodate me. One area that I used to be interested in some years ago was borderline personality disorder/organization. And after taking a look at some of my old notes, I've started to wonder if there is some connection between bpd and some aspect of intelligence. I mean consider black-and-white thinking or the impulsiveness which are typically associated with lower intelligence. Most symptoms are perhaps better explained by arrested emotional and social development. Yet I wonder. Presently I'm trying to find studies of people with BPD who are also highly intelligent. Perhaps that will be helpful. So if you happen to study BPD, emotion dysregulation, or a similar field, I would much appreciate it if you could point me in the right direction, give me the name of a certain researcher, refer me to a paper or book, or even if it is to tell me not to waste my time on this project because it is unlikely to be fruitful. I am also considering a couple other research ideas though this one is my favorite presently. Thanks a lot.