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Levin, S. (1965). Some Comments on the Distribution of Narcissistic and Object Libido in the Aged. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 46:200-208.

(1965). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 46:200-208

Some Comments on the Distribution of Narcissistic and Object Libido in the Aged

Sidney Levin


In summary, it is suggested that normal ageing is dependent to a considerable degree upon the capacity to redistribute libido to new objects and new aims. Such redistributions typically include some withdrawal of narcissistic libido from the ego ideal and a redirecting of this libido to other forms of narcissistic satisfaction. Although object-libidinal needs may become increasingly aim-inhibited in old age, they nevertheless persist. As is true in other age groups, only a limited amount of object libido can be successfully redistributed to narcissistic forms of satisfaction. When loss of objects occurs, therefore, a redistribution of libido to other objects is necessary if emotional disturbances are to be avoided.

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