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Aggressivity, Narcissism, and Self-Destructiveness in the Psychotherapeutic RelaNew Developments in the Psychopathology and Psychotherapy of Severe Personality Disorders$
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Otto F. Kernberg

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300101805

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300101805.001.0001

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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Patients with Borderline Personality Organization: An Overview

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Patients with Borderline Personality Organization: An Overview

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(p.120) Chapter 7 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Patients with Borderline Personality Organization: An Overview
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Aggressivity, Narcissism, and Self-Destructiveness in the Psychotherapeutic Rela
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Otto F. Kernberg

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300101805.003.0007

This chapter discusses psychodynamic psychotherapy—a psychoanalytic psychotherapy that explores the syndrome of identity diffusion and its expression in primitive tranferences as they reflect early internalized object relations of an idealized and persecutory kind. The goal of the treatment is to identify these paradigms and then to facilitate their gradual integration, so that splitting and other primitive defensive operations are replaced by more mature defensive operations and identity diffusion is eventually resolved.

Keywords:   personality disorders, psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, identity diffusion

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