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Schenendorf, R. (1987). Meeting of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York. Psychoanal Q., 56:743-744.

(1987). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 56:743-744

Meeting of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York

Ronald Schenendorf

DISCUSSION: Dr. Anni Bergman noted that Dr. Kernberg had used herself as a mirror in the treatment of a child with poor self/object differentiation. The child had used the mirroring in the process of self-integration. Children develop their first image of themselves by way of how the mother perceives and mirrors them. The mother creates a symbiotic orbit by protecting the baby from seeing her as different or separate too early.

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