What are boundary violations and what can they trigger?
Boundary violations range from verbal harassment and inappropriate physical contact to physical assault or rape. People of any gender identity can be affected. An experience perceived as transgressive can trigger anger or rage and lead to crushing feelings of powerlessness or generate feelings of shame or guilt. It is often difficult to talk about these feelings and the associated event(s), and those affected sometimes doubt the accuracy of their feelings and reactions.
What can you do when struggling with the effects of boundary violations?
Have you experienced a behaviour, an attitude or a remark as transgressive?
An essential first step in coping with a stressful boundary violation can be to name a boundary violation as such for yourself and acknowledge your reactions to the event as relevant.
Communicating your boundaries early on, seeking professional support or working through the event may help you move forward.
Our psychological counselling services can support you by confidential conversations. We aim to assist in coping with boundary violations in the best possible way and thus restore your boundaries and regain your sense of integrity. If you are in an acute and highly stressful situation, please let us know and we will offer you a consultation as soon as possible.
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The following HSG services offer professional support: Psychological counselling services, the Diversity & Inclusion Office, the Ombudsman's Office and the Whistleblowing Office. Further information
Have you witnessed the violation of a third person's boundaries?
We can support you if you are unsure how to act.
Have you possibly violated someone else's boundary?
Contact us if you wish support in how to handle the situation constructively.
We are here for you
Contact at the Psychological Counselling Services of the University of St.Gallen: Katharina Woog.
/// We are, of course, also available to all students during the start-up week//
An additional point of contact for general information on protecting your boundaries and all students and staff integrity: Dr. Anna-Katrin Heydenreich, Diversity and Inclusion.
Of course, our counselling services are subject to confidentiality.