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1st Edition

A Discussion of the Concept of Borderline

ISBN 9780415543903
Published August 2, 2010 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

From its inception psychoanalysis has sought to effect a cure through the therapeutic relationship between analyst and analysand. Betweenity looks at what happens when the established framework of the psychoanalytic process is challenged by those with borderline personalities.

In this book Judy Gammelgaard looks at how we might understand the analysand who is unable to engage with therapy and how we might bring them to a point where they are able to do so.

Areas of discussion include:

  • the border between psychiatry and psychoanalysis
  • early mother-child relationships
  • the splitting of the ego.

This book will be essential reading for all psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and practitioners wishing to learn more about working with borderline personality structures and disorders.

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction. The Border Between Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis. Early Mother-child Relationships. The Psychic Trauma. Betweenity. Between Neurosis and Psychosis. Splitting of the Ego. The Psychopathology of the Intermediate Area. On the Prerequisites to Playing and Dreaming. The Borderline Concept. Postscript. References.

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Judy Gammelgaard is a training analyst and a member of the Danish Psychoanalytic Society and of the International Psychoanalytical Association. She is Professor and Head of the Centre of Psychoanalysis at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen and lectures widely throughout Scandinavia.


"I have found this a very thought-provoking book... Gammelgaard raises profound questions, from a psychoanalytic point of view, about the nature of the encounter with reality, questions that have engaged philosophers over the centuries." - Mantis, Vol 23, No 1, Summer 2011