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The ‘As If’ Personality in the World at Large

Emptiness and existential despair are core symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder: What are they, and why do they happen?

‘Every attempt to understand the way of feeling and manner of life of this type forces on the observer the inescapable impression that the individual’s whole relationship to life has something about which s lacking in genuineness and yet outwardly runs along ‘as if’ it were complete….Outwardly the person seems normal. There is nothing to suggest any kind of disorder.…Despite all this something intangible and indefinable obtrudes between the person and his fellows and invariably gives rise to the question ‘What is wrong.’

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