Rorschach data has been useful in identifying the DSM Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and has potential for improving our understanding of this disorder. Recently, the DSM-IV BPD has been shown to be composed of 3 primary or core factors: Factor I-unstable self-other images, Factor II- deficits in affect and thought modulation, and Factor III-impulsive self- damaging actions. In a sample of outpatients with personality disorders, we explored the relationships among 6 psychoanalytically derived Rorschach scales (primitive aggression, oral dependency, self-other differentiation, splitting, devaluation, and projective identification), and the core BPD features. Significant correlations were found between 5 of the Rorschach variables and BPD total scores. Correlations between these 5 variables and the BPD core features showed that oral dependency needs were negatively associated with all 3 BPD core features, whereas the defenses of devaluation and splitting were positively associated with these core features. The clinical implications of these findings are reviewed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Clinical Psychology|
|State||Published - May 1 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Clinical Psychology