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Reversals: On Certain Pathologies of Identification

Fluctuations in self-state are a feature of severe personality disorder. This chapter concerns a particular category of changing self-state, one that involves pathological identification and that I am calling a “reversal.” This phenomenon, though not uncommon, has received relatively little attention and has generally been conceived in terms of defense. An alternative explanation, given here, depends upon a psychology of self.