Omnipotence, helplessness, and control with the borderline patient.

Abstract

Via transference, borderline patients attempt to actualize dyads that represent fixations at and regressions to the symbiotic phase and the differentiation subphase of separation/individuation. Early awareness of separateness leads to the idealization of the provider as omnipotent and devaluation of the separate self as helpless. Efforts are directed at re… (More)

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