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Reading Freud II

March 1, 2024 @ 1:15 pm - 3:45 pm, Freud Classroom

Adult Psychoanalytic Training (APT)
2023-24, 2nd Trimester — Fridays, 1:45-3:15pm
Charlotte Malkmus, MA LMHC

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March 1, 2024 — Part 2: Narcissistic vs. Object Libido and the Beginnings of Internal Object Relations

[25 pages]

In “On Narcissism” Freud considers carefully the relation between self-love and love of the other. This work importantly anticipates his consideration of object relations, the influence of the actual object on psychic life and the enduring internalized role of the other.

Main Topics: We will look at how Freud first considers the broader implications of narcissism for psychoanalysis, both in normal development and in psychopathology. Following from his observations of the megalomania and withdrawal of schizophrenics, he began to focus on the narcissistic transferences, hypothesizing about a primary infantile narcissism. Developing his theory, he writes of the relationships between two types of libido, that of object-libido and ego- libido, and he uses the study of love to continue looking at narcissism.

Freud, S. (1914) On Narcissism: an introduction, Sections I & II (S.E. XIV, Pages 67-91).


March 1, 2024
1:15 pm - 3:45 pm
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