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Object-Relations Theory
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[German Version]

Psychic energy (libido) is always directed toward specific “objects” of drives (Drive, Drive theory). According to S. Freud’s theory of primary narcissism, it focuses initially on the self, not yet perceived as distinct from the mother. The interruption of the symbiosis between mother and child (narcissistic wound) compels the child to turn outward. Only by perceiving him- or herself as his own person, distinct from his first attachment figure, can the child build a relationship to that figure and the…

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Fraas, Hans-Jürgen, “Object-Relations Theory”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124155>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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