Personality Assessment

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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 the self
2. Habitual use of primitive defenses
(acting out / projection / projective identification)
3. Generally intact reality testing, although reality testing can be subject to temporary breaks under stress.

From: Yeomans, Clarkin, Kernberg
2002

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