The graph below tracks Beth's struggle to break out of borderline
personality behaviors. After 9 months, she experienced a breakthrough
in intimacy with her husband.
Of the five symptoms of stress that Beth rated, only the highest
score is rendered as a stress peak on this graph. The scores Beth
gave to the nine elements of each sphere were averaged. The averages
were used to graph the intimacy, self, and achievement scores.
To provide a reference point, Beth's maximum pretreatment experiences
were each given a score of 10. The client's goal in therapy is to
reach experience levels far beyond those previously reported.
For 5 months
subsequent to her intimacy breakthrough on August 8, Beth experienced
an intense mobilization of defenses (symptoms). This defensive reaction
peaked on December 28 and then her sphere scores increased quickly
and consistently. The results suggest that the strength of her defenses
had become exhausted.
The above graph shows
that Beth needed therapy for 9 months to change her borderline personality.
She stayed in therapy for 17 months and continued to progress to
levels of happiness, closeness, and sense of satisfaction that she
had not previously enjoyed.
Beth's Testimonial [top]
Graphs and analysis of Beth's husband, Frank, can be found at View
Frank's Graphs and Dr. Ishizuka's Analyses.