Meaning-Making Activity in the Emotional Experience of Borderline Personalities

May 17, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

In this talk Professor Ferrarello will describe the mereological constitution of contents in the intentional acts of people affected from borderline personality disorder (BPD) or emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD) in order to shed light on the origin of the emotional instability characterizing this disorder. The article will first discuss the emotional cycle of people affected by this disorder; secondly, it will focus on the mereological aspect of the meaning-making experience in the intentional act; thirdly, it will show how this meaning-making experience usually interacts with axiological qualities that affect the continuity of their sense of reality. From the investigation it emerges that the mereological constitution of contents occurs in a way that is disruptive of the continuity of BPDs/EUPDs’ inter-affective life-world as it generates intersubjective disturbances on the axiological, logical, and ontological levels. On this basis, as a concluding suggestion the paper will propose an alternative way to approach the problem, soothe the disturbance, and encourage integration.

For more information, please contact Dr. Roxana Baiasu.

Susi Ferrarello, Assistant Professor California State University, East Bay