Frequently asked questions

Anthony W. Bateman and Peter Fonagy

in Mentalization-based Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

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Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780198570905
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754456 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Frequently asked questions

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We are grateful to all those who have asked questions during our trainingsessions, at conferences, in clinical discussions, in e-mails and even by carefully crafted snail mail. We provide a selection here of the most frequently asked questions. In the spirit of mentalization these have caused us to modify our training, re-think aspects of our treatment programme and add to our theoretical base. Unashamedly, we have taken from others what we think might enhance the understanding and treatment of BPD, and we hope that others will feel free to take what they think is useful from us. The motivations behind questions are often complex, personal, even political, and commonly aim further than simple fact finding, and so we include some of the more mischievous questions because often they have provoked lively discussion and stimulating debate. Inevitably we are often unable to answer questions satisfactorily which we hope will act as a stimulus to others to take the subject further rather than act as a stick with which to beat us.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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