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date: 15 November 2019

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Towards the end of the twentieth century focus upon the diagnosis of personality disorder began to change. Previously, people with personality disorders experienced marginalization within mental health services. People with a diagnosis of personality disorder may feel distressed, frightened, and in psychic pain on a daily basis, as well as having emotional and relationship difficulties. They may also engage in self-harm which is difficult to alleviate and often hidden. Music therapists can engage musically with patients, and listen to the music they create in order to better understand their emotions and how they interact with others. These experiences and emotions can then be made more meaningful through subsequent discussions. Through group work processes members can take care of themselves and develop concern for others. In music therapy feelings can be explored that may be difficult to discuss, and a focus away from preoccupation with self-harm can be provided.

Keywords: personality disorder and music therapy, music therapy and self-harm, music and mental health, group work and music therapy, promoting mentalization through music therapy

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