Emotional hypochondriasis, hyperbole, and the borderline patient.


The authors define a new defense mechanism, emotional hypochondriasis, that is hypothesized to be central to borderline psychopathology. The behavioral manifestation of this defense-the hyperbolic stance of the borderline patient-is also defined and related to the complex phenomenology of borderline personality disorder. Borderline patients are seen as… (More)


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@article{Zanarini1994EmotionalHH, title={Emotional hypochondriasis, hyperbole, and the borderline patient.}, author={Mary C. Zanarini and Frances Rachel Frankenburg}, journal={The Journal of psychotherapy practice and research}, year={1994}, volume={3 1}, pages={25-36} }