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Psychotherapy that "clears the mind": a clinical case of Personality Disorder with antisocial, avoidant and dependent traits and drug abuse from teenage years
Author/s: Mariacristina Banfi 
Year:  2014 Issue: 35 Language: Italian 
Pages:  18 Pg. 101-118 FullText PDF:  64 KB
DOI:  10.3280/QPC2014-035007
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Valeria is a 32 years old young woman, presenting a Personality Disorder with antisocial, avoidant and dependent traits as well drug abuse (cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine) from the age of sixteen. At the beginning of psychotherapy, lasted for 48 sessions over two years, the patient presented a defective and unloving self- representation and the tendency to be involved in abusing affective-sexual relations. Through metacognitive-interpersonal psychotherapy, based on a pathetic and cooperative relationship, emphatic validation and some strategic self-disclosures, the patient improved her highly dysfunctional metacognition: she learned to be aware of her states of mind (sensations, emotions, feelings, wishes and expectations) and to communicate them to others. As consequence of this metacognitive improvement, Valeria was able, for the first time in her life, to start an affective relationship characterized by mutuality and sharing.
Keywords: Personality disorders, drug abuse, metacognitive-interpersonal psychotherapy, cooperative relationship, meta-representative function enhancement.

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Mariacristina Banfi, Psychotherapy that "clears the mind": a clinical case of Personality Disorder with antisocial, avoidant and dependent traits and drug abuse from teenage years in "QUADERNI DI PSICOTERAPIA COGNITIVA" 35/2014, pp. 101-118, DOI:10.3280/QPC2014-035007


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