In contemporary psychoanalysis there is a general agreement on the idea that representations of "bad objects" are often kept unconscious through the mechanism of repression. However, the Scottish psychoanalyst William Ronald Dodds Fairbairn (1889-1964) suggested, counter-intuitively, that also the "good object" can be repressed. This aspect is discussed within Fairbairn’s overall metapsychology, and an attempt is made in order to understand why also a good or ideal object can undergo repression. In the discussion, a reference to Ignacio Matte Blanco’s 1975 theory of the bi-logic of the "unconscious as infinite sets" is made. Clinical implications and the contributions of other authors (such as David P. Celani, David E. Scharff, and Neil J. Skolnick) are also examined.
Keywords: W.R.D. Fairbairn, good object, psychoanalytic metapsychology, object relations, repression