A very clear exposition, I think. There are excellent talsa and information available at the “Melanie Klein Trust”.
Melanie Klein is my favorite psychoanalyst after the Master. While I consider Freud to be the pioneer and thinker par excellence, Klein made important revisions to his works and anywhere they disagreed, as far as I’m aware, I favor Klein’s interpretations.
The common updates to Freud’s theories are well-known and could probably be decently summarized by a quick google search, but for the purposes of this blog post, I want to focus on the 1928 essay “Early Stages of the Oedipus Conflict” and detail my own thoughts on it.
She correctly dates the Oedipus tendencies to the end of the first year due to weaning. This leads to an unleashing of aggression towards the persecutory object (Mother/Breast) and also anxiety. This anxiety pushes the ego to develop, at similar times of object-permanence, where the Good Breast and Bad Breast are the same breast. Both infant boys and girls find…
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