Year: 1992 Source: Clinical Social Work Journal, v.20, no.3, (Fall 1992), p.285-294 SIEC No: 19930233

The case of a woman diagnosed as having borderline personality disorder because of classic symptoms of intense, unstable affect, recurrent suicidality, self-mutilation, & primitive defensive organization is presented. Once a self-object transference tie was established, the borderline symptoms remitted. It is suggested that borderline pathology may reflect the absence of a vitally needed self-object function. (15 refs.)