The Borderline Patient: Several Truths

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 425–426. Reviews the book, New Perspectives on Psychotherapy of the Borderline Adult edited by James F. Masterson (1978). This volume consists of four clinical papers presented at a conference on treatment of the borderline adult held in 1977. The four papers differ considerably with regard to the balance between discussions of the conceptual rationale for various technical therapeutic procedures and direct case presentations. The authors' discussions of each other's papers fortunately go beyond ritualized appreciative comments and expose considerable disagreement on issues of interpretations, and differential diagnosis of borderline conditions from character disorders. The paradoxical overall effect of the presentations, however, certainly reinforces the notion that each contributor has a personal “clinical truth.” (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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