Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 285–294 | Cite as

Severe borderlines and self psychology

  • Penny Dublin


This paper will discuss work with a woman diagnosed as having borderline personality disorder because of classic symptoms of intense unstable affect, recurrent suicidality, self-mutilation, and primitive defensive organization. Once a selfobject transference tie was established, the borderline symptoms remitted. Discussion of this case will focus on the clinical application of concepts from the field of psychoanalytic self psychology, particularly the concepts of self-object functions and intersubjectivity, in work with patients diagnosed as borderline.


Clinical Application Personality Disorder Borderline Personality Disorder Classic Symptom Borderline Symptom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Penny Dublin
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  1. 1.UCSD Dept. of PsychiatrySan Diego

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