in Emotions and Personhood

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Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199660575
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191754784 | DOI:

Series: ippp (international perspectives in phlosophy and psychiatry)


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Chapter 9 discusses the borderline personality disorder as a disordered fabric of the self, that is, a disorder of the linguistic and narrative integration of otherness in one’s own identity. The main purpose of this chapter is to provide a fine-grained and nuanced description of these rapid, abrupt, and dramatic emotional swings and of the changes of the life-world accompanying them. It will interpret these typical changes in the existence of borderline persons as fluctuations between clearly normative emotions, such as anger, and the more diffuse and confusing background of bad moods like dysphoria. A special focus will be on the dialectic between dysphoria and anger, since these emotions, characterising the borderline person’s existence, engender very different kinds of existential orientation and enactment, in other words, actualise very different configurations of the life-world.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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