Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To access “The Standard Edition” of Freud’s work…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

You can directly access Strachey’s The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud through the Books tab on the left side of the PEP-Web screen.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Caghan, L. (2007). Boundaries and the Processing of Self. Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 2(3):339-366.

(2007). International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 2(3):339-366

Boundaries and the Processing of Self

Laura Caghan, PsyD

People construct and use boundaries to sort and manage unordered experience. Boundaries thus become active mechanisms for creating and maintaining experiences of self. Under optimal circumstances, boundaries function as transitional realms that paradoxically join and separate areas of experience. Such paradoxical functioning allows individuals to simultaneously maintain a distinct sense of self yet remain open to new possibilities. By identifying and describing variations in boundary functioning, the author provides a process-oriented mechanism for understanding clinical presentations. Developmental aspects of boundary formation and maintenance are also explored. Over time, habitual preferences for managing awareness comprise persistent boundary patterns—both within internal awareness and between individuals or groups.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.