Object Relations Theory (Melanie Klein) - Learning TheoriesThe Kleinian psychoanalytic school of thought, of which Melanie Klein was a pioneer, considers envy to be crucial in understanding both love and gratitude. Klein defines envy as "the angry feeling that another person possesses and enjoys something desirable — the envious impulse being to take it away or to spoil it" projective identification. Klein , p Envy leads the child to phantasise about entering the primal good object the good breast and debase the good object specifically because it is good. This phantasy is a manifestation of the death instinct , where bad feelings are directed towards both good and bad objects, leading to confusion between the two Hinshelwood,
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Object Relations Theory (Melanie Klein)
Object Relations Theory Melanie Klein. Summary: A model of human psyche, transitioning from a paranoid-schizoid to a depressive position, while emphasizing the critical role of parental care during infancy. Keywords: Object relations, unconscious phantasy, paranoid-schizoid position, depressive position, child development, binary splitting, projective identification. Object Relations Theory. This collection of theories discusses the effect of the internalized relations with primary caretakers during infancy i. According to object relations theorists, children do not only internalize the object itself, but also the entire relationship. The infant internalizes two sets of object relations— both positive and negative— which include representations of the self, the object, and the emotion that links between the two.