9/27/10 Homework Complete by Wednesday: 8th edition: pg 64-79 9th edition: ph 66-78 Object-Relations Theory- Freud did not really observe children.- A group of people, the object-relations theorists, did a huge study of children.- They thereby moved psychoanalysis forward enormously.- The single most important fact of childhood is: DEPENDENCE.- The child's primary problem is to survive. It needs:- Food- Protection- Warmth (e.g. clothes)- Learning (e.g. walk on two feet, talk, etc.)- However, the child is totally helpless.- So it must get these needs met via an adult; i.e. food, protection, warmth, etc. must come via an adult.- Thus, its relationship to the adult is one of dependence.- Without the adult, the child would:- Starve to death- Freeze to death- Never learn to walk, talk, etc.- Dependency on parent for survival controls everything.- All traumas in childhood are disturbances in dependency.
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