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(1957). The Psycho-Analytic Quarterly 25, 1956, No. 4: Morris W. Brody. 'Clinical Manifestations of Ambivalence.'. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 38:434.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Psycho-Analytic Quarterly 25, 1956, No. 4: Morris W. Brody. 'Clinical Manifestations of Ambivalence.'

(1957). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 38:434

The Psycho-Analytic Quarterly 25, 1956, No. 4: Morris W. Brody. 'Clinical Manifestations of Ambivalence.'

The term ambivalence loses meaning when applied to every psychopathological bipolarity. In this paper ambivalence (of love and hate) is regarded as a psychic striving with narcissistic and hedonistic aims; its origin and mode of functioning are discussed. It is most intense in the infant who has been subjected to gross oral and anal deprivations, as a result of which he can form relationships only with part-objects. The ambivalent person is so painfully dependent that he cannot express or feel his hatred of frustration; instead he reacts with further helplessness. This behaviour enables him both to externalize his problem and to achieve a magical omnipotence. He therefore lacks a realistic frame of reference for appraising reality. As a result it becomes as though he neither loved nor hated. Whenever the ambivalent person believes himself to be hated he withdraws love as a magical manoeuvre to compel the object to bestow love.

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(1957). The Psycho-Analytic Quarterly 25, 1956, No. 4. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 38:434

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