A note on object relations and ego formation (1975)
Journal Title: PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE 
Author/s: Enzo Codignola 
Year:  2018 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  8 Pg. 291-298 FullText PDF:  48 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PU2018-002006
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An object relations theory is important in psychoanalysis because it has implications for ego formation. The Freudian theory of ego development is discussed, and some attempts at theoretical revisions are presented. The theories of the following authors, among others, are briefly discussed: Edith Jacobson, Margaret Mahler, Heinz Kohut, Melanie Klein (who saw ego formation as dependent from object relations), and Ronald Fairbairn (who carried Melanie Klein’s ideas to their extreme consequences). It is argued, among other things, that within the psychoanalytic movement there are irreconcilable positions. (This article appeared as Introduction to the Italian edition of Arnold H. Modell’s book Object Love and Reality. An Introduction to a Psychoanalytic Theory of Object Relations. New York: International Universities Press, 1968 [Amore oggettuale e realtà. Teoria psicoanalitica delle relazioni oggettuali. Turin: Boringhieri, 1975, pp. ix-xvi], and appeared also in Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane, 1975, 9, 1: 1-3)
Keywords: Arnold H. Modell; Object relations; Psychoanalytic theory; Ego formation; External reality

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Enzo Codignola, A note on object relations and ego formation (1975) in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 2/2018, pp. 291-298, DOI:10.3280/PU2018-002006

   

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