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  • Object Relations Theory Essay

    The construct “object” has been used to explain relationships toward or with people throughout various psychoanalytic theories. Particularly, the theories Object Relations theory and Classical Drive theory. Object Relations theory addresses an object as a part of a relationship or attunement with other people, particularly parental relationships. According to Melanie Klein, an object is a person or a role of a person in a particular person’s life. This person generally serves as a template in adulthood for relationships from childhood. The object according to Winnicott, serves as the maternal/child interaction, which impacts the child’s process of mental health. The object seems to be the starting point for relationships we long for and seek throughout our lives. If we did not have an impactful or functioning object, we may be come stuck in certain phases of overindulgence or miss-attunement. In Classical drive theory, the construct “object” is viewed as an object or place of discharge. Freud viewed the term object to be somewhat animalistic and not in need of relationships. A person engages with an object according to classical…

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  • Object Relations Theories For Direct Social Work

    One of the major theories in social work practice is object relations theory, this theory stems from psychodynamic theory. Though object relations theory is a much disputed theory in which many theorist have contributed, two of the most well known theorist with regards to object relations theory were two pediatrician Donald Winnicott and Margaret Mahler. Though both theorists have different views they also have many commonalities. According to the reading “Theories for Direct Social Work…

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  • Freud's Object Relations Theory

    gratifying sensations over frustrating ones as the ego shifts towards integration and away from disintegration. Klein introduced some new conceptual statements from her object relations theory in contrast to Freud’s. Klein organize the good and bad feelings into “positions”; ways of dealing with both internal and external objects. She indicated that positions alternate back and forth throughout development. The first position is the Paranoid-Schizoid position and the second is the Depressive…

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  • The Relational Theories, With A Focus On Object Relations

    Two very intriguing topics are Ego’s and relations. These topic are interesting because no matter who you are, what culture you come from and how you identify yourself as, one must deal with their emotions, external and internal. To fully cmprenhende these topics one must understand how past experiences affect our unconscious and conscious reactions. I found both reading of chapter 4 “Ego Psychology” and chapter 5 The Relational Theories, with a Focus on object relations” useful and…

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  • Martin Seligman's Object Relations Theory

    Three women were responsible for the feminist theory. Each one helped open the door to the future of female researchers each left their own unique marks. Starting with Anna Freud she developed her theory of mechanism of defense. This theory suggest that when the ego goes through something it cannot handle (traumatic) it goes into defense mode. This is then broken down to nine different defense mechanisms: displacement, denial, projection, intellectualization, sublimation, regression, repression,…

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  • The Central Ego Case Study

    nor in conjunctions, these two forces are constantly in conflict with one another, in where the splitting of egos allows the internalization of bad objects to be viewed as both frustrating and exciting (Celani, 1993; Greenberg, Mitchell, 1983; St. Clair, 2004) This internal constant struggle accounts for the extreme mood swings, people often experienced in BPD. Also for the emotional dysregulation and hypersensitivity to emotions based on their expectations derived from and all or nothing…

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  • Effects Of Attachment Styles

    Attachment Theories and Their Effects The interaction between an infant and her parents have serious and lasting effects in her life through the way she approaches future relationships with other people, and also with how she approaches her relationship with God. How much she trusted her parents will be reflected in how much she trusts her romantic partner or God, much in the same way of how she expects to be treated in her relationships reflects how she was treated by her parents. Different…

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  • Melanie Klein's Theory: The Theory Of Attachment

    The theory of attachment was developed by Melanie Klein. Attachment is defined as the formation of a psychological and emotional relationship between a primary caregiver and a child, not necessarily the child’s biological parents. In Melanie’s theory, she reveals that the attachment style a child develops for their caregiver can be Secure, Avoidant, Resistant/ambivalent/Anxious, and disorganized. These connections children develop for their caregiver will be the primary template for all future…

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  • If Not Winter Sappho Analysis

    Love is composed of many powerful forces that are all consuming. Sappho, the poet in, If Not winter, writes about experiences in which, eros produces a gap between the subject and the desired object. With the use of vivid imagery and overt symbolism within fragment 105A, Sappho allows her readers to experience the uncontrollable emotions of desire and attraction that controls a person who is in love, even if it is impractical for her to have such feelings. This ultimately creates a tangible…

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  • Bruce Brooks Wasp House Analysis

    processes of many other five-year-olds, Bruce Brooks' chain of thought was childlike and incomplete. Although first led by the design of the nest to believe that it was man-made, Brooks soon discovered that that was not so, much to his disbelief and dismay. By the end of the narrative, the wasp nest had completely changed Brooks' outlook on nature, in addition to opening his mind. When five-year-old Brooks first came across the wasp house, he had no doubt in his mind that the object was…

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