Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 88–94 | Cite as

Poetry Therapy in the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Ronald Pies


There is little information in the clinical literature on the use of poetry therapy in well-defined borderline personality disordered patients. The potential for psychotic or violent regression in such patients demands caution in applying poetic-expressive techniques. However, the dichotomous nature of poetry may lend itself well to the complementary structural deficits of borderline patients. The emotive aspects of the poem may permit the patient to engage in the work, while the more rational, structured aspects of the poem facilitate personality integration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald Pies
    • 1
  1. 1.Tufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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