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Mills, J. (2004). Structuralization, Borderlineopathy, and Schizoid Phenomena. Psychoanal. Psychol., 21(2):319-326.

(2004). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 21(2):319-326

Structuralization, Borderlineopathy, and Schizoid Phenomena

Jon Mills, PsyD, Ph.D., ABPP

Borderline conditions reflect disturbances on the level of personality organization that have common developmental and structural features despite vast differences in clinical symptomatology. Otto Kernberg (1975) argues that many personality disorders, including schizoid, paranoid, narcissistic, and antisocial classifications, generally function at the borderline level, thus accounting for the overlap in personality traits, defensive features, and dysfunctional patterns of behavior among this cluster of disorders. For these reasons, it may prove useful to view borderlineopathy on a continuum of organizational levels of severity, from more benign manifestations to chronic instantiations, each showing functional degrees of variance in symptomatology and etiological influence. The author highlights the nature of attachment-related trauma on psychic structure that manifests on borderline and schizoid levels of organization and functioning. He introduces 2 subclassifications of structuralization by examining case presentations gathered from his clinical phenomenology.

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