Pioneers in Object Relations Clinical Thinking:
W. Ronald D. Fairbairn (1889 –1964)

On August 11th, we celebrate birthday of Ronald Fairbairn, who is considered to be a father of the
Object Relations theory and approach in psychoanalysis. Despite the fact that R. Fairbairn spent his
entire psychoanalytic professional career in Edinburgh, he became a full member of the British
Psychoanalytical Society, because of his theoretical ideas and associations. Here are some of his quotes:

“...the aim of psychoanalytic treatment is to effect breaches of the closest system which constitutes the
 patient’s inner world, and thus to make this world accessible to the influence of outer reality.”

“…both structure divorced from energy and energy divorced from structure are meaningless concepts.”

“...(impulses) cannot be considered apart from the endopsychic structures which they energize and the object
 relationships which they enable these structures to establish; and, equally, "instincts" cannot profitably be
 considered as anything more than forms of energy which constitute the dynamic of such endopsychic structures ...”

“Explicit pleasure-seeking has as its essential aim the relieving of the tension of libidinal need for the mere sake
 of relieving this tension. Such a process does, of course, occur commonly enough; but, since libidinal need is
 object need, simple tension-relieving implies some failure of object-relationships”

it is better to be a sinner in a world ruled by God than to live in a world ruled by the Devil” (Fairbairn, 1952, p.p. 66-67).


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       Thumbnail  2013 Conference - on Countertransference, Regret, Aggression, and Their Vicissitudes

         Self-Sabotage - from Jungian, Kleinian, and Fairbairnian Perspectives  2012 Conference on Self-Sabotage: Jungian, Kleinian,  and Fairbairnian Perspectives.  

  2011 Annual 20th Anniversary Conference on Dialectics of Mortality and Immortality: Time as a Persecutory vs. a Holding Object

2010 Annual Conference on Psychoanalysis & Spirituality

2009 Annual Conference on Eroticized Demonic Object

Visit ORI's YouTube Channel, ObjectRelations2009, to view NEW mini-video series "The Object Relations View"

Intro to the Object Relations Thinking and Clinical Technique - with Dr. Kavaler-Adler (part 1).

Projective Identification (part 2)

Time as an Object (part 3)

Self Sabotage - (part 4)

        Fear of Success (part 5)

        Mourning, Developmental vs. Pathological  (part 6)

        Bad Objects and Loyalty to Bad Objects (part 7)

        Demon-lover Complex  (part 8)

        Psychic Regret (part 9)

        Klein-Winnicott Dialectic  (part 10)

        Depression: The Object Relations View (part 11)

        Anxiety: The Object Relations View (part 12)

        Eating Disorders: The Object Relations View (part 13)

        Narcissism: The Object Relations View (part 14)

        Female Creativity and the Internal Father (part 15)

        Psychic Dialectic: The Object Relations View (part 16)

        Writing Blocks: The Object Relations View (part 17)

        Internal Editor and Internal Saboteur: The Object Relations View (part 18)

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