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Compton, A. (1987). Objects and Attitudes. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 35:609-628.

(1987). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 35:609-628

Objects and Attitudes

Allan Compton, M.D.


The concept of an attitudinal object has long been present in psychoanalysis but almost entirely neglected. This omission is integral in the confusion and controversy about the object concept in general. It has left a theoretical gap which the so-called object relations theories have attempted to fill. This paper offers some preliminary suggestions for a psychoanalytic understanding of attitudes as a first level of inference in the study of relationships and their p psychological basis.

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