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ERIC Number: ED473727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Pages: 53
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Transitional Objects in Adult Life: A Process of Continuous Relatedness to the Outside World.
Clemons, Mark A.
The practice of psychological intervention often relied on the ability of the therapist to understand how clients maintain a sense of relatedness to their world. Despite the many discontinuities of self-identity that affect the lives of clients, the success of therapy depends on clients' abilities to connect with human and nonhuman objects in their environments. In Winnicott's theory of psychosocial development, certain special possessions, which he termed transitional objects, are crucial in understanding how experiences are organized in the lifelong task of relating to objects and persons. The premise of this paper is that transitional objects form the basis for developing a sense of continuous relatedness to the outside world from birth to death. This review of the literature is a search to establish if transitional phenomena mediate the losses of life in a way comparable to the solacing and comforting objects that assist with early development. That transitional object relatedness is detectable and likely endures, though perhaps in a changing form, throughout life is the dominant prism through which this research is viewed. (Contains 65 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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