Containing Rage, Terror and Despair: An Object Relations by Jeffrey Seinfeld

By Jeffrey Seinfeld

This paintings bargains a latest item family members standpoint on operating with quite a lot of mental problems, from the neurotic to the psychotic, together with addictions and character issues. the 1st bankruptcy offers a concise evaluation of contemporary advancements in item kin idea. next chapters use specific scientific examples to check every one mental hassle and the proper healing technique. The effect of early trauma on character and psychotherapy is additionally largely mentioned.

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14 Containing Rage, Terror, and Despair It is my impression that this concept is confusing. I am in agreement with David Scharff and Elinor FairbairnBirtles that the retreat described by Guntrip does not necessarily imply an objectless state, but rather the seeking of an undemanding environment in which there is no necessity of ego adaptation. An objectless state remains something the individual dreads. Severely disturbed patients experience temporary anxieties over objectlessness as they separate from bad objects, but this results not in a chronic state of objectlessness as described by Guntrip, but rather in a desperate clinging to bad objects or a reconstitution of the object world in a psychotic mode.

Tustin concluded that David was petrified with fright from infancy because of the traumatic separation from his mother. Being frightened resulted in the experiencing of a hard muscular tension in infancy, the equivalent of the later armored state. The encapsulated ego is governed by the antilibidinal attitude of rejecting all dependency needs and living in extreme self-sufficiency. If there is no dependence on extreme objects, there is no need to dread separation. The traumatic early separation David endured suggests that separation is felt to be the collapse into a black hole depression, threatening loss of ego and object.

The unhappy mother and infant clinging together, and fearful of differentiation, fall into a black hole. This phenomenon is associated with loss of both self and object. The child attempts to protect itself from the black hole by generating a feeling of protective encapsulation. At first this is entirely a sensory-dominated experience. Autistic children wrap themselves up in their own body sensations by which they create an illusion of a protective covering. In a sense, the child endeavors to re-create the intrauterine condition prior to the painful experience of separation.

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