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Reed, G.S. Baudry, F.D. (2005). Conflict, Structure, and Absence: André Green on Borderline and Narcissistic Pathology. Psychoanal Q., 74(1):121-155.

(2005). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 74(1):121-155

Conflict, Structure, and Absence: André Green on Borderline and Narcissistic Pathology

Gail S. Reed, Ph.D. and Francis D. Baudry, M.D.

The authors understand the work of André Green as addressing unresolved and uncharted issues in Freud's views on the earliest phases of development, particularly as those issues concern the evolution of psychic structure, the development of drive components, and the internalization of object representations. The authors describe Green's conceptualization of primitive conflict and its most deleterious result, absence, or the failure to represent the object. These ideas lead to an original way of imagining the analytic setting and to a modification of the classical stance of analyst with patient. Two clinical vignettes are presented.

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