Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality: Focusing on Object Relations

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From our regular book review column.

This book, an update of the authors’ 1999 work with the same name, is a superb treatise on a specific approach to the patient with borderline personality disorder (BPD)— “transference-focused psychotherapy” (TFP). The stated focus on object relations may be considered misleading unless one realizes that, in TFP, there is only one object, the therapist, and everything follows from that transference perspective (via which are recapitulated all those key early object relationships). The authors, all well-known, prominent experts in the field, have done a remarkably balanced job in presenting not only their viewpoint but other theories and approaches to BPD as well.

J Clin Psychiatry 2008;69(6):1023-1024