Dysfunctional patterns of thinking in the borderline personality

L. Domash, R. Shapiro

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The authors examined dysfunctional thinking patterns in borderline personalities as related to particular arrests in the separation-individuation process. Four variations of disordered thinking are discussed with clinical examples as manifested in the treatment situation. In each case, thinking itself has been transformed into a rigid defensive maneuver rather than being used in the service of consideration of alternatives or the integration of the new, the spontaneous, or the unusual experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-552
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes


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