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Attacks on Linking

Attacks on Linking © The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 2013 Volume LXXXII, Number 2 By W. r . Bi On In previous papers (3) I have had occasion, in talking of the psychotic part of the personality, to speak of the destructive attacks which the pa- tient makes on anything which is felt to have the function of linking one object with another. It is my intention in this paper to show the significance of this form of destructive attack in the production of some symptoms met with in borderline psychosis. The prototype for all the links of which I wish to speak is the primi- tive breast or penis. The paper presupposes familiarity with Melanie Klein’s descriptions of the infant’s fantasies of sadistic attacks upon the breast (6), of the infant’s splitting of its objects, of projective identifica- tion, which is the name she gives to the mechanism by which parts of the personality are split off and projected into external objects, and finally her views on early stages of Oedipus complex (5). I shall discuss phanta- sied attacks on the breast as the prototype of all attacks on objects that serve as a link and projective identification as the mechanism employed by http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Psychoanalytic Quarterly Taylor & Francis

Attacks on Linking

The Psychoanalytic Quarterly , Volume 82 (2): 16 – Apr 1, 2013

Attacks on Linking

The Psychoanalytic Quarterly , Volume 82 (2): 16 – Apr 1, 2013

Abstract

© The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 2013 Volume LXXXII, Number 2 By W. r . Bi On In previous papers (3) I have had occasion, in talking of the psychotic part of the personality, to speak of the destructive attacks which the pa- tient makes on anything which is felt to have the function of linking one object with another. It is my intention in this paper to show the significance of this form of destructive attack in the production of some symptoms met with in borderline psychosis. The prototype for all the links of which I wish to speak is the primi- tive breast or penis. The paper presupposes familiarity with Melanie Klein’s descriptions of the infant’s fantasies of sadistic attacks upon the breast (6), of the infant’s splitting of its objects, of projective identifica- tion, which is the name she gives to the mechanism by which parts of the personality are split off and projected into external objects, and finally her views on early stages of Oedipus complex (5). I shall discuss phanta- sied attacks on the breast as the prototype of all attacks on objects that serve as a link and projective identification as the mechanism employed by

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© 2013 The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Inc.
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2167-4086
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10.1002/j.2167-4086.2013.00029.x
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Abstract

© The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 2013 Volume LXXXII, Number 2 By W. r . Bi On In previous papers (3) I have had occasion, in talking of the psychotic part of the personality, to speak of the destructive attacks which the pa- tient makes on anything which is felt to have the function of linking one object with another. It is my intention in this paper to show the significance of this form of destructive attack in the production of some symptoms met with in borderline psychosis. The prototype for all the links of which I wish to speak is the primi- tive breast or penis. The paper presupposes familiarity with Melanie Klein’s descriptions of the infant’s fantasies of sadistic attacks upon the breast (6), of the infant’s splitting of its objects, of projective identifica- tion, which is the name she gives to the mechanism by which parts of the personality are split off and projected into external objects, and finally her views on early stages of Oedipus complex (5). I shall discuss phanta- sied attacks on the breast as the prototype of all attacks on objects that serve as a link and projective identification as the mechanism employed by

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