CF 712: Psychodynamic Psychology IV: Object Relations

This course traces the object relations tradition from the work of Freud to the Kleinian movement and the British Independents, emphasizing the classic ideas within these traditions (the internal object, projective identification, schizoid phenomena, the depressive position, object usage, and countertransference theory). The class examines how mental/relational experience is structured according to projective and introjective processes, as well as how these processes are animated within, and informed by, the intrapsychic (phantasy) and relational (environmental) dimensions of emotional life. The course also presents phenomenologically related contemporary extensions of object relations theory, including discussions of its intersection and conflicts with attachment theory and cognitive neuroscience, plus introduces applied psychoanalysis. Prerequisite: CF 711