ENGULFMENT By N., Sam M.S. - 7 1. The extreme distress and anxiety related to feelings of being taken over by an external force. 2. Thefear of a close interpersonal relationship. ENGULFMENT: "Feelings of engulfment may be asspciated with a borderline personality disorder." Related Psychology Terms Dissociative Identity Disorder Comparison of Assessment Tools SULLIVAN, HARRY STACK (1892- 1949) ADOLESCENCE (Theories) CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY OBSESSRVE-COMPULSIVE REACTION BORDERLINE DISORDERS CHILD PSYCHIATRY SEXUAL DEVIATIONS (GENERAL) ANTISOCIAL REACTION Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "ENGULFMENT," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/engulfment/ (accessed December 4, 2021).