Contributions of Sigmund Freud as the First Object Relations Theorist

2nd Trimester of Year 1 of the One-Year and Two-Year Certificate Programs in Object Relations Clinical Theory and Technique;

2nd Trimester of Year 1 of the Full Training in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

(can be also taken as an individual post-graduate certificate course; no pre-requisites)

(12.5 hrs of post-graduate training certificate)

Instructor: TBA

Course Calendar: Thursdays, January 8 - March 12, 2015; 8:15pm - 9:30 pm

Location: TBA - or Virtual participation

This course offers a careful critical examination of major original works of Freud from its very beginning of his publication on hysteria to his later works on the extent to which the work of psychoanalysis is greatly limited by the strength of the instincts in terms of its capacity to produce permanent cure. The emphasis of this course is on the careful delineation of how Freudís concepts  of the ďobjectĒ is present in his major works, and how his thinking contributed extensively to current theoretical positions on object relations. 

In this context, we examine his work on symptom formation, narcissism, sexuality, masochism, to name a few.  Students are expected to read these original works, which are also supplemented with other relevant writings from current thinkers.

Themes to be covered in class:

  1. Freudís formulation on symptom formation
  2. Differences/similarities of Freudís view of the structure/function of the mind and those of Fairbairn, Winnicott, Sullivan, etc.
  3. Discussion on the nature and quality of the unconscious.
  4. Normal vs. abnormal developments in the working through of instinctual demands.
  5. Obstacles to meaningful and productive co-existence with others.
  6. Curative moments in psychoanalytic treatments.


Main readings:

          Freud, S. (1894). The neuropsychosis of defense. SE , 3, 45-68

          Freud, S. (1896). Further remarks on the neuropsychosis of defense. SE, 3, 162-185.

          Freud, S. (1911). Formulation on the two principles of mental functioning. SE, 12, 218-226

          Freud, S. (1905). Three essays on the theory of sexuality. SE, 7, 130-254,

          Freud, S. (1914). On narcissism: An introduction. SE, 14, 73-102.

          Freud, S. (1923). The ego and the id. SE, 19, 12-66.

          Freud, S. (1924). The economic program of masochism. SE, 19, 157-170.

          Freud, S. (1917). Mourning and melancholia. SE, 14, 243-258.

          Freud, S. (1937). Analysis terminable and interminable. SE, 23, 209-254.                 

Complementary readings:

          Breger, L. (2000). Freud- Darkness in the midst of vision. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

          Spruiell, V. (1988). The indivisibility of Freudian object relations and drive theories. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, LVII, 697-625.

          Tyson, P. & Tyson, R. L. (1984) Narcissism and superego development. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 32 (1),75-98.

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