Author | Marcia Kraft Goin, MD

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Borderline Personality Disorder: Splitting Countertransference

August 25, 2006

Article

Splitting, archetypally imbedded in a patient's psychic structure, acts as a powerful unconscious force to protect against the ego's perception of dangerous anxiety and intense affects. Rather than providing real protection, splitting leads to destructive behavior and turmoil in patients' lives.

Borderline Personality Disorder: Splitting Countertransference

November 01, 1998

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A popular slang definition of the verb to split is "to depart," or "to leave." In this context, to split describes the occasional wish of a psychiatrist who may be mired in the chaos created by the behavior of a patient diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. The primary definition of to split is "to divide sharply or cleanly."

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