What is Object Relations?
- Object Relations is a set of theories which postulate
that relationships, beginning with the mother-infant dyad,
are primary, and that intrapsychic, interpersonal, and group experiences
lay the foundation for the development of individual identity. The individual's
interpretation of these relationships- both conscious and unconscious- becomes
the basis for later relations with others, in friendship, marriage, and
raising a family.
To understand how early life actively influences later life, we examine
all stages of development, beginning with infancy. We also
look at how internal objects modify and are modified by life experience,
from childhood through old age. Since several distinct theories come under
the heading of British Object Relations, we will explore their similarities
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