Year: 1977 Source: International Review of Psycho-Analysis, v.4, (1977), p.471-479 SIEC No: 19850587

Feelings of emptiness are a central problem for patients suffering from narcissistic disorders and/or borderline personality dusturbances. In an attempt to avoid this feeling, these patients employ defences to preserve their fragmentary selves. Detachment, exhibitionism, excessive self-concern, self-isolation, negation of other’s humaneness, assumption of a false self & acting out are some common defenses. Feelings of emptiness may be so painful that suicide is considered. (NBB)