Towards an object-relations understanding of the borderline personality

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Levett, Ann en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Ruthenberg, David Leslie en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-15T07:15:58Z
dc.date.available 2016-03-15T07:15:58Z
dc.date.issued 1981 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Ruthenberg, D. 1981. Towards an object-relations understanding of the borderline personality. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17785
dc.description Bibliography: leaf 188-192. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This study aimed at providing a comprehensive Object-Relations understanding of the borderline personality. Towards that end theoretical issues related to the borderline concept were introduced and certain controversial aspects were briefly discussed. A review of the pertinent descriptive literature attempting to detail borderline symptomatology was presented. The enormous discrepancies, inconsistencies and contradictions evident in this area emerged from the strongly contrasting descriptions of the various workers in this field. A borderline symptom profile was introduced, based on both the descriptive literature review and the author's own experience, which served as a reference point for the dynamic formulations which followed. The theoretical formulations aimed at understanding a borderline personality structure were traced from their origins in Freud and Abraham. Melanie Klein was seen to play a central role in providing key conceptual tools for understanding borderline phenomena, and pertinent aspects of her theory were presented in some detail. Modern American and European contributions were then introduced and a division along environmental-intropsychic axes emerged with respect to borderline aetiology. The study concluded with a selective synthesis of this division, which was then applied to two of the author's own case studies. The role of fantasy, and the structuring of mental processes were specifically emphasised for arriving at an adequate understanding of the borderline personality. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Clinical Psychology en_ZA
dc.title Towards an object-relations understanding of the borderline personality en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Psychology en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MSc en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Ruthenberg, D. L. (1981). <i>Towards an object-relations understanding of the borderline personality</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Psychology. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17785 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Ruthenberg, David Leslie. <i>"Towards an object-relations understanding of the borderline personality."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Psychology, 1981. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17785 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Ruthenberg DL. Towards an object-relations understanding of the borderline personality. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Psychology, 1981 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17785 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Ruthenberg, David Leslie AB - This study aimed at providing a comprehensive Object-Relations understanding of the borderline personality. Towards that end theoretical issues related to the borderline concept were introduced and certain controversial aspects were briefly discussed. A review of the pertinent descriptive literature attempting to detail borderline symptomatology was presented. The enormous discrepancies, inconsistencies and contradictions evident in this area emerged from the strongly contrasting descriptions of the various workers in this field. A borderline symptom profile was introduced, based on both the descriptive literature review and the author's own experience, which served as a reference point for the dynamic formulations which followed. The theoretical formulations aimed at understanding a borderline personality structure were traced from their origins in Freud and Abraham. Melanie Klein was seen to play a central role in providing key conceptual tools for understanding borderline phenomena, and pertinent aspects of her theory were presented in some detail. Modern American and European contributions were then introduced and a division along environmental-intropsychic axes emerged with respect to borderline aetiology. The study concluded with a selective synthesis of this division, which was then applied to two of the author's own case studies. The role of fantasy, and the structuring of mental processes were specifically emphasised for arriving at an adequate understanding of the borderline personality. DA - 1981 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 1981 T1 - Towards an object-relations understanding of the borderline personality TI - Towards an object-relations understanding of the borderline personality UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17785 ER - en_ZA


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