New PDF release: Bad feelings : selected psychoanalytic essays

By Schafer, Roy

ISBN-10: 1590512200

ISBN-13: 9781590512203

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He felt betrayed and angry enough to think of not paying the man. He added that the carpenter in the dream had in fact once worked in his apartment. Dream 2: He was holding a man’s hand. He thought that there must be something homosexual about this dream; however, when asked about it, he could not say whether he had had that thought in the dream or only afterwards. Dream 3: He was getting on a bus and there was much pushing by the crowd of riders, so that some got on without paying. He was debating whether to do that, too, or to pay.

That potential to make allowances rests on decreased reliance on splitting and projective identification, more reliable reality testing, greater differentiation and stability of object relations, an increased steadiness of goal-directed activity, and a tolerance of high spirits. At the same time, that potential for tolerance contributes to the further development of these ego strengths themselves. Thus, this process of development feeds on its successes. It seems that making allowances is an essential ingredient in the capacity to endure the ambivalence that Klein (1940) highlighted as a marker of entry into the depressive position.

It was later, after much of the story had been developed, that the many ways in which Ted’s parents had introduced painful disappointments into his life could be formulated. It became clear that his attachment to both parents had many of the features of attachment to bad objects. It also became clear that his settled attitude of disappointedness had served the adaptive function of sparing him further pain. Additionally, he had turned passive into active with the help of projective and introjective identification, in that way becoming himself a steady source of disappointment to “possessive” others, a strategy that also yielded him aggressive, sadistically tinged satisfactions.

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