Hope: A Shield in the Economy of Borderline States

1st Edition

Anna Potamianou

Routledge
Published December 5, 1996
Reference - 128 Pages
ISBN 9780415121774 - CAT# RU13445
Series: The New Library of Psychoanalysis

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Summary

In the well known myth of Pandora, hope was the last and most need gift at the bottom of a box of myriad misfortunes let loose on an unsuspecting world. For most human beings hope is a positive benefit. Anna Potamianou shows how in the 'borderline' patient hope can become a perverted and omnipotent means of denying reality. Indeed, in such individuals any state of mind or feeling can take on the status of an object, which is then used as a barrier against their fear of change.

The psychic economy and dynamics of borderline states are not yet well understood and this book makes an important contribution to the clinical debate.

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