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An exploration of ego development and the suppression of anger in persons with borderline personality disorder as seen in art therapy : a case study

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An exploration of ego development and the suppression of anger in persons with borderline personality disorder as seen in art therapy : a case study

Madden, Alice J (2002) An exploration of ego development and the suppression of anger in persons with borderline personality disorder as seen in art therapy : a case study. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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This paper explores the process and efficacy of art therapy treatment with a person diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), who had attempted suicide. Personality disorders are separated from major mental disorders in both severity and classification. They are described as behaviours or traits that are characteristic of recent and long-term impaired social or occupational functioning which cause subjective distress. Clients with the diagnoses of BPD, those traditionally labelled as 'hard to handle' and 'unresponsive to therapy', are included in the Cluster B category of personality disorders which also includes antisocial, histrionic and narcissistic personality disorders. There are a number of typical criteria which appear to be due to a combination of biopsychosocial factors, and include, but are not limited to, affective instability, inappropriate intense anger and poor ego boundaries. The hypothesis of this paper is that some people are likely to suppress (act-in) rather than act-out their anger; the affective instability presents as suicidal intent. It is further hypothesised that the use of art as a transitional and holding space can contribute to ego development and subsequent emotion regulation. In this case, eight months of art therapy was the primary treatment modality, and there have been indications of changes in this person's lifestyle and coping behaviours

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Madden, Alice J
Pagination:vii, 85 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option)
Date:2002
Thesis Supervisor(s):Gregoire, Pierre A
ID Code:2159
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 17:25
Last Modified:07 Feb 2019 22:19
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