Omnipotence, helplessness, and control with the borderline patient.


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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