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Meares, Russell. 1993. The Metaphor of Play: Disruption and Restoration in the Borderline Experience. Lanham: Jason Aronson. 232 pp. URL
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Personality disorder can be conceived as the result of a disruption of the development of self. This thoroughly updated edition of 'The Metaphor of Play' examines how those who have suffered such disruption can be treated by understanding their sense of self and the fragility of their sense of existence. Based on the Conversational Model, this book demonstrates that the play of a pre-school child, and a mental activity similar to it in the adult, is necessary to the growth of a healthy self. The three sections of the book: Development, Disruption and Amplification and Integration introduce such concepts as the expectational field, paradoxical restoration, reversal, value and fit, and coupling, amplification and representation. (Publisher Book Description)