Oxford Forum Webinar: Meaning-Making Activity in the Emotional Experience of Borderline Personalities

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This webinar is free to attend and open to all. 

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Speaker: Dr Susi Ferrarello (Assistant Professor, California State University, East Bay)

Chair: Dr Roxana Baiasu (Tutorial Fellow, Stanford University Centre in Oxford; Associate Member of the Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford)


In this talk, Dr Ferrarello will describe the mereological constitution of contents in the intentional acts of people affected by 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. Dr Ferrarello will first discuss the emotional cycle of people affected by this disorder; secondly, she will focus on the mereological aspect of the meaning-making experience in the intentional act; thirdly, she will show how this meaning-making experience usually interacts with axiological qualities that affect the continuity of their sense of reality. The investigation shows 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,  Dr Ferrarello will propose an alternative way to approach the problem, soothe the disturbance, and encourage integration.


The event is organised in association with the Stanford University Centre in Oxford  


For more information, contact: roxana.baiasu@philosophy.ox.ac.uk

Convenors: Dr Roxana Baiasu and Professor Stephen Mulhall.