Blijven we onszelf opnieuw uitvinden?

P.J. Verhagen


‘Reinventing your life’ was not just the programmatic title of an introductory book on schema therapy written in the 1990s of the last century, reinventing everything, including ourselves, became a widely used slogan. Based on the assumption of a developmental imbalance between gratification and frustration of core emotional needs, personality appears to function as a complex of more or less rigid patterns (schemas). Such internal psychic constellations of need-regulation appear on an individual and on socio-cultural levels. In that sense the expression ’Borderline Times’ became an intriguing denotation of what is going on in our time. Sulking, reinventing and shopping as a new kind of religion are three examples of this external expression of internal (borderline) need-regulation.

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