Object Relations: The Inner and Outer World of Relationships
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPSY 3445
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Although desired and pursued, intimate, loving relationships often present us with our hardest work in life. In many ways, our relationships shape the way we view the world. Our ways of relating are based on our unique inner object relations. The term "object" refers to a mental representation of a person and "object relations" to psychoanalytic theories about internalized relationships. Starting with the mother-child relationship, we examine how our view of early interactions with others affects the way we relate to people later in life. We consider the contributions of Sullivan, Klein, Fairbairn, Winnicott, and others. We study the characteristics of both flourishing and troubled relations between friends, family members, romantic intimates, and long-term partners. We also discuss scenarios for growth and change. Note: this course was formerly numbered NPSY2445. Do not take NPSY3445 if you have already taken NPSY2445; they are the same course and cannot be taken for credit twice.