Developmental Defect

  • Howard Wishnie


This chapter deals with two crucial issues. One is my formulation of the origin of the problem of impulsive behavior. The second point is an outgrowth of the first and represents a means of viewing impulsive behavior that does not get mired in the specifics of one particular diagnostic entity versus another. Many important concepts from ego and developmental psychology are left out, blurred, or lumped together for the purpose of simplification and clarity. Sophisticated readers may appropriately object to this. I would ask their forbearance as the book is written to convey views and concepts to less experienced people from a variety of backgrounds.


Developmental Defect Impulsive Behavior Borderline Personality Disorder External View Negative Belief 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard Wishnie
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  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolCambridge HospitalUSA

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