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10/6/10 THE DEPRESSIVE POSITION - Child has discovered that the good objects to which it has had intense love, and the bad objects, to which it has had intense hate, are part of the same whole person. - Child becomes deeply depressed at its own destructiveness to what it so loves. - The ability to tolerate this depression leads to a move as mature capacity for love based on concern and sorrow for the whole person. - Thus the child develops the capacity for empathy (Note: the paranoid-schizoid cannot develop empathy). - For a child who has been through the depressive position, the capacity for guilt emerges. - One can feel guilt only toward a whole object which one considers to have good parts, despite the bad parts that incited your anger. - So guilt is a mature feeling (Note: the paranoid-schizoid cannot feel guilt). REPARATION - Reparation = Repair - Major discovery by Melanie Klein
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Unformatted text preview: - Determines much of the person s life- Klein found that the sorrow brought on in the child, by the destruction of a toy it referred to as mommy , is often accompanied by attempts to repair the toy.- The formation of repair as a solution at this stage, and its success, determines much of the rest of the person s life.- Reparation is one of the main methods of getting one depressive anxiety.- Reparations come from the child s need to ensure the parent's survival.- This is what makes reparation so emotionally important for the child.- Failure to repair the parent is experienced as a major trauma.- Klein observed that children will often mobilize extraordinary creative drives to repair parents.- She conjectured that this is a major force for artistic creativity in later life.- Why artists will sacrifice much to ensure long periods of creativity....
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