Lives of the Unconscious. A Podcast on Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Episode 13: Borderline—A balancing act between psychological extremes

May 21, 2021

Children are existentially reliant upon their primary caregivers concerning almost every sphere of life and, most of all, in relation to their need for love. If the caregivers are also those who attack this psychological survival, children face an unanswerable situation that has disastrous consequences for psychological development. According to the psychoanalytic understanding, borderline is a severe structural disorder that often originates in early attachment experiences that were devastating or traumatic. Characteristic symptoms, as is common for instance with so-called “cutting” or “black-and-white thinking”, thus represent organizational attempts—once again stabilizing and maintaining fragile self-states at moments in which inner emptiness and dissolution are felt. In this episode, we will move into the borderlands of the psyche, and try to understand some of the extreme experiential states of emotional experience and experience of the self. Visit our website: Our youtube-channel: Support us on Patreon and get the scripts to the episodes: neither hosts nor alters podcast files. All content © its respective owners.