Are "primitive" object relations really preoedipal?

  • Drew Westen
  • Published 1989 in The American journal of orthopsychiatry


Developmental models of object relations attempt to explain severe character pathology strictly in terms of preoedipal fixations and regressions. While aspects of the object relations of severe character disorders do appear to be preoedipal, developmental research suggests that others are preadolescent, adult, or abnormal, but not developmentally primitive.


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@article{Westen1989AreO, title={Are "primitive" object relations really preoedipal?}, author={Drew Westen}, journal={The American journal of orthopsychiatry}, year={1989}, volume={59 3}, pages={331-45} }