Thursday, September 1, 2016

Mahler (Object Relations Theory)

MAHLER (Object Relations Theory)

Based on psychoanalytic concepts with four stages of development:
        Fusion with mother
        Symbiosis Period
        Separation-Individuation Period
        Constancy of self and object
The psychosocial perspective is comparable with the psychosexual view of development.
In object-relations theory, there is an emphasis on early development as a decisive factor influencing later development.

Children who do not experience the opportunity to differentiate self from others may later develop a narcissistic character disorder.

Heinz Kohut is a leading contemporary psychoanalytic theorist.

Analytic therapy is oriented toward achieving insight.
Object-relations theorists focus on matters such as symbiosis, separation, differentiation, and integration.

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