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Sharp, C. Vanwoerden, S. (2015). Hypermentalizing in Borderline Personality Disorder: A Model and Data. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 14(1):33-45.

(2015). Journal of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 14(1):33-45

Hypermentalizing in Borderline Personality Disorder: A Model and Data

Carla Sharp and Salome Vanwoerden

Interpersonal difficulties are a widely accepted characteristic of borderline personality disorder (BPD). However, the results of empirical findings of deficits in social-cognitive abilities that may underlie interpersonal difficulties in this population have been mixed. In this paper, we review the literature on social-cognitive impairment in BPD by organizing studies based on patterns of positive and negative of findings. We provide a new model of mentalizing impairment in BPD by integrating findings into one framework that suggests hypermentalizing as the core feature of social-cognitive impairment in BPD. We review data in support of a hypermentalizing model of BPD and situate this data in the broader context of current work on hypermentalizing.

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