December 15 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Second Year Adult Psychoanalytic Training (APT)
2023-24, 2nd Trimester — Fridays, 3:30-5:00pm
Michael Pauly, MD
Babak Roshanaei-Moghaddam, MD
December 15, 2023 — Part vs Whole Object-Relating
Donald Winnicott’s paper “The Use of an Object” deserves to be read many times over. In it, he introduces his distinction between object relating and object usage. He walks the reader through the transition from object relating to object usage (the capacity of which is determined by an adequate facilitating environment). The transition requires the placing of the object outside of the subject’s omnipotent control. Failure to make this transition can explain many areas of difficulty in this population (separation-individuation, narcissistic rage, capacities to empathize / love, stability of interpersonal relationships, acceptance of external reality).
Ogden, in his paper “Destruction Reconceived: On Winnicott’s ‘The Use of an Object and Relating through Identifications’” generously helps us make sense of Winnicott’s foundational paper.
Winnicott, D.W. (1969) The Use of an Object. IJP, 50:711-716.
Ogden, T.H. (2016). Destruction Reconceived: On Winnicott’s “The Use of an Object and Relating through Identifications”. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 97(5):1243-1262