Unformatted text preview: moving toward individual adult relationships. • Melanie Klein-o Our earliest object relations are the building blocks of our self o Contributed to psychoanalytic theory- children slowly develop relationships to the world with their distinction between unconscious fantasies and real experiences. • Margaret Mahler o The biological birth of a child (distinct event) and the psychological birth of an individual (gradual process) are not the same. o Separation-individuation: begins at month four and leads to a stable self-concept at 3 years. Separation equals physical differentiation from one’s caregiver and individuation means psychological growth away from one’s caregiver toward one’s unique self....
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- Personality Psychology, 3 years, object relations, FREEDOM VS DETERMINISM, Margaret Mahler