Roth Clinic


Our sense of self

At the start up of the day everyone washes their face. Most people strive to look good or to make a good impression on others. In any interpersonal tension, there is a longing to be loved, and even admired. We want to be held as much as we hold others. The following are short scripts about skin, body, the sense of self and the construction of our identity.

Inclusion/Exclusion: beauty, meaning and belonging

Inclusion/exclusion is to categorize. To categorize one has to identify similar characteristics, decide on those to follow and differentiate those who do not count. All such operation presupposes both inclusion and exclusion. When inclusion has been idealized as the possibility that brings equality, exclusion is not. Is it possible to find a way to resist …Read More

What are Personality Disorders?

Personality Disorders are an enduring pattern of behavior and inner experience. It is inflexible and often contrary to expectations of an individual’s culture. Starts during the adolescence or early adulthood, it is stable over time and leads to distress or impairment (APA, 2013). Shapiro (1965) considers character styles make cognitive styles (thinking, experiencing, and behaving). From this perspective, defenses are not …Read More

Body and identity are constructions

  Body and identity are personally and socially constructed. For Horton Cooley (1902/1922) selfhood is the result of three elements: 1) The imagination of our appearance to others; 2) Our imagination people’s judgment of our appearance; 3) The feeling that might arise from that, such as pride or mortification. He believed our body scheme was flexible and constantly being reshaped by our experiences and …Read More

Psychological functions of the skin

Ulnik (2007) describes the psychological functions of the skin. He describes the skin as being a cortical layer with functions of boundary, surface, protection and perception; with major implications on the development of space and distinction of inside vs. outside, internal vs. external realities. The body is the starting point of mental functioning. It is …Read More

Adult separation anxiety, not that uncommon

Adult separation anxiety is more common than previously thought. Recent epidemiological studies indicate that separation anxiety disorder occurs more frequently in individuals over 18, than in children. Adult Separation Anxiety Disorder (ASAD) may develop after a bereavement or threat of loss. The essential feature of adult separation anxiety disorder is excessive fear or worry concerning …Read More