Monthly Archives: April 2013

Personality Assessment

Personality Organization: 3 Domains 1. Identity integration versus identity diffusion (Who am I and what are my values?) 2. Habitual level of psychological defense mechanisms 3. Nature of reality testing   Borderline Personality Organization 1. Identity diffusion – confusion about … Continue reading

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Affective Storms

Odysseus hears the siren’s call without acting in response, had himself tied to the mast of the ship – exposed but choosing not to respond. Yeomans, Clarkin, Kernberg 2002, p. 48

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Paradox

  The paradox that situates our psychical activity at once on the side of the subjective object  (created by us, according to the pleasure principle) and of the object perceived objectively (discovered, according to the reality principle). The Chains of … Continue reading

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Create

At the (theoretical) first feed the baby is ready to create, and the mother makes it possible for the baby to have the illusion that the breast, and what the breast means, has been created by impulse out of need. … Continue reading

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Balance

  3 Domains of Action:   1. Work – steady, just enough confidence to keep moving forward   2. Relax – relax your mind, body and spirit   3. Challenge – always have a project that keeps you challenged and … Continue reading

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Hate in the Counter-Transference

  ‘When deeply regressed the patient cannot identify with the analyst or appreciate his point of view any more than a fetus or newly born infant can sympathize with the mother.   The mother has to be able to tolerate … Continue reading

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States of Consciousness

  Meditation – time spent investigating states of consciousness.  

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