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Lucente, R. (2008). Affectivity: Regulation, Identity Formation, and Metaphorical Thought. Psychoanal. Soc. Work, 15(1):1-27.

(2008). Psychoanalytic Social Work, 15(1):1-27

Affectivity: Regulation, Identity Formation, and Metaphorical Thought

Randolph Lucente


Understanding affects, and their multiple roles in all aspects of the human condition and development, has more and more become a focus of study for contemporary psychoanalysis. Psychodynamic personality theories have always regarded affective life as pivotal to developmental experiences, the evolving structures of the personality, identity formation, and clinical processes. The centrality of emotion in development and affect regulation, as a maturational theme in the adolescent stage, are explored through the views afforded by object relations theory and ego psychology, intersubjectivity, the second separation individuation process, and unconscious metaphorical thought in the dream states of two clients and their therapist.

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