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. This course was formerly listed as NPSY2445. Do not take this course if you have previously taken NPSY2445; it is the same course and cannot be taken twice for credit.