Living On Purpose: Reality, Unreality and the Life of the Body


  • Scott Baum



borderline personality organization, soul-murder, unreality, psychosis


This article is the author’s account of the experience of choosing to live the life of his body, even when that means entering a soulless truth of being. The forces which generate such a state are examined, as well as the dynamics which emerge from and maintain such a state of being. This paper attempts to provide a framework for understanding, in an immediate felt way, the experience of the person living in this reality, one common in people organized as a borderline personality. It also attempts to illuminate some of the grave difficulties faced by the therapist trying to work with people so afflicted.

Author Biography

Scott Baum

Scott Baum, Ph.D., ABPP, is a member of the International Faculty of the IIBA, a member and faculty for the New York Society for Bioenergetic Analysis. He is in private practice in New York City.
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How to Cite

Baum, S. (2022). Living On Purpose: Reality, Unreality and the Life of the Body. Bioenergetic Analysis, 17(1), 165–188.