The role of the object in drive cathexis and psychosexual development

Samuel Juni

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Alternate axes are explored in the orthodox formulation of drive cathexis and psychosexual development, with implications for corresponding object relation modes engendered by these processes. Somatic and defensive aspects are shown to impact on the function of the "other" as the individual matures. The separation/individuation process is subsumed into this overall developmental continuum, and the centrality of the object as a focus in cathexis and drive delineation is critically evaluated. The homeostatic notion of equilibration is appealed to in synthesizing the factors emerging from the analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-442
Number of pages14
JournalThe Journal of Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • Education
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)


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