The uninterpreted rage: Protecting the therapeutic alliance in the treatment of borderline patients

Research paper by Constance Goldberg

Indexed on: 01 Sep '94Published on: 01 Sep '94Published in: Clinical Social Work Journal


After reviewing differing approaches to the treatment of the borderline patient, this paper describes the treatment of a patient whose negative transferences are not interpreted by the therapist; rather, the focus is on maintaining the therapeutic alliance via the awareness of the kinship selfobject function of the therapist and merger with the idealized selfobject.