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Object Relations theory holds that human development is driven by our inherent relatedness. We are born with the need to relate to our parents and other family members. As babies, we look for closeness, warmth, and safety. We need to feel that we matter to the people who matter to us.
But being dependent on another person means that we have to deal with frustration. Taking in and coping with frustrating experience sets up personality patterns that should mature at each developmental challenge. Sometimes, though, we get stuck. Psychotherapy reaches in to unlock the logjams left over from early years and open the personality to new learning and better relationships.
Please see Object Relations Theory for more information.
The two-year Object Relations Theory and Practice Program, the Weekend Conferences (with periodic exceptions), and the summer institutes for the Object Theory and Practice Program, and the International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training are held in the Washington, DC/Bethesda, MD area.
Study groups, distance learning seminars, consultation, special conferences, and other training opportunities are available from IPI faculty or IPI affiliates in a number of cities worldwide (for more information about these opportunities, see the IPI Affiliate Programs page). Many study groups, distance learning seminars and supervision are also available by online videoconference.
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