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A Discussion of the Concept of Borderline, 1st Edition

By Judy Gammelgaard


280 pages

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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.


"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

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.

About the Authors

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.

About the Series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis

The New Library of Psychoanalysis is published by Routledge Mental Health in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

Its purpose is to facilitate a greater and more widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis and to provide a forum for increasing mutual understanding between psychoanalysts and those in other disciplines. The series also aims to make some of the work of continental and other non-English speaking analysts more readily available to English-speaking readers, and to increase the interchange of ideas between British and American analysts.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis published its first book in 1987 under the editorship of David Tuckett, later followed by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Susan Budd and Dana Birksted-Breen. A considerable number of Associate Editors and readers have assisted the editors.

Under the guidance of Foreign Rights Editors, a considerable number of the New Library books have been published abroad, particularly in Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Peru, Spain and Japan.

The aim of the New Library of Psychoanalysis is to maintain the high level of scholarship of the previous series, to provide a forum for increasing understanding between psychoanalysis and other disciplines and to increase the interest of the general book-reading public in psychoanalysis.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis also aims to help the various schools of psychoanalysis to better understand each other. It has published books representing all three schools of thought in British psychoanalysis, including a particularly important work edited by Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner, expounding the intellectual and organisational controversies that developed in the British psychoanalytical Society between Kleinian, Viennese and 'middle group' analysts during the Second World War.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis has also translated and published several books by Continental psychoanalysts, and it plans in the future to continue the policy of publishing books that express as clearly as possible a variety of psychoanalytic points of view.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health