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Chapter 7: A Dangerous Symbolic Mobility: Narratives of Borderline Personality Disorder

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A Dangerous Symbolic Mobility: Narratives of Borderline Personality Disorder
A dangerous symbolic mobility: Narratives of borderline personality disorder
JanetWirth-Cauchon

Societies do not succeed in offering everyone the same way of fitting into the symbolic order; those who are, if one may say so, between symbolic systems, in the interstices, offsides, are the ones who are afflicted with a dangerous symbolic mobility. Dangerous for them, because those are the people afflicted with what we call madness, anomaly, perversion. … And more than any others, women bizarrely embody this group of anomalies showing the cracks in an overall system.

(Clément, 1986: 7)

My self-image was not unstable. 1 saw myself, quite correctly, as unfit for the educational and social systems. But my parents and teachers did not share my self-image. Their ...

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