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Fleming, J. (1975). Some Observations on Object Constancy in the Psychoanalysis of Adults. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 23:743-759.

(1975). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 23:743-759

Some Observations on Object Constancy in the Psychoanalysis of Adults

Joan Fleming, M.D.


In conclusion, I would like to restate the focus of this paper by calling it a study in the metabolism of experience from two angles: (1) the integrative task confronting the ego in organizing drive and object interactions to assist the ego in its regulatory functioning; and (2) a timetable of progression in accomplishing that task. Evidence was presented from the psychoanalytic treatment of an adult man who suffered object

deprivation during the "hatching out" subphase of separation-individuation. In the course of therapy, an effective object constancy was reconstituted and the process of individuation of self and Other was re-established. The therapeutic work provided the patient with experiences in transactions between self and object useful for reorganizing the trauma of early object deprivation and thereby mobilized his resources for a resumption of the developmental process distorted in childhood.

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