*Quadriatic mood–*

*emotional dysfunction…..*

*Borderline living*

∞ ∼ ∞

I know most of you are thinking “HUH”? So here is the explanation. I had a revelation when my gifted daughter was attempting to explain quadriatic equations to me, which in laymen terms are “U-curves” or “waves”. It’s bad enough that I have to learn from a child in school; even worse that at the time, she was in 7th grade. Yes, quadriatic equations are being taught in 7th grade gifted classes. Mind blowing.

Anyway, I like math concepts and theoretical physics. I just cant do the math (although poetry is closely related to math, and I know several mathmaticians who indulge in the art).

While my daughter was explaining the equation for quadriatic U curves, I realized that here was a math equation for dysregulated moods! And “quadriatic life” stuck in my head. Now if there was just some lasting way to flatten the top of the curve out a bit……

So what are quadriatic U-curves? The math of quadratics is intrinsically related to a U-shaped curve known as a parabola. Perhaps the most familiar example is a stream of water that shoots from a drinking fountain. There are many other examples, such as the cross-section of a satellite dish or the cables on a suspension bridge.

Psychologists use the parabolic curve to map out the “wave” of moods. In mood dysregulation, the top of the curve ( or the highest intensity of the mood) is much higher and wider than persons without mood disorders. I was able to put this together during one of my DBT sessions. DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) is a treatment for borderline personality disorder and I have so far found it to be transformative. For the first time in 40 years, I have really started to know who I am and how I function. My hope is that a better, wiser, less impulsive, less dysregulated ME will eventually emerge.

*Senryu: same as Haiku structure but the theme is generally related to relationships or feelings while Haiku stresses nature*