Object relations theory

Object relations theory initially emerged in 1917 with Sándor Ferenczi and was later founded in the 1920s with Jewish psychologist Melanie Klein. It suggests that the way people relate to others and situations in their adult lives are shaped by family experiences during infancy. For example, an adult who experienced neglect or abuse in infancy would expect similar behaviour from others who remind them of the neglectful or abusive parent from their past. These images of people and events turn into objects in the unconscious that the “self” carries into adulthood, and they are used by the unconscious to predict people’s behaviour in their social relationships and interactions. Based on the Freudian Oedipus complex the first “object” in someone’s unconscious is usually an internalized image of one’s mother. The fascination with childhood trauma is highly significant as forcing perversity (homosexuality, paedophilia) on children corresponds succinctly with the long-term damage achieved through a program of sexual Bolshevism (childhood sex education).

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