Notes on some schizoid mechanisms. It is also recognized (Horowitz, 1986; Rycroft, 1968) that intense stress, such as danger to life and limb, can precede the imposition of a defense mechanism. Her latest book Who the hell is Melanie Klein? Schizoid refers to the central defense mechanism: splitting, the vigilant separation of the good object from the bad object. Projection is a defense mechanism where a person projects his/her impulses, feelings, habits, and/or traits onto someone else and begins to identify his own traits in that ‘someone else’. Anna Freud (1946) described ten prominent defense mechanisms that had emerged from the psychoanalytic literature by that time: regression, repression, reaction formation, isolation, undoing, projection, introjection, turning against the self, reversal, and sublimation. ... Melanie Klein emphasize a triad of maneuvers that are key: control, contempt, and triumph. She simply meant that they possess unconscious images of “good” and “bad.” for example, a full stomach is good, an empty one is bad. She added: "Ghosts really like people, don't they?" Her theories on the schizoid defences of splitting and projective identification remain influential in psychoanalytical theory today. The former example, of introjection, is about controlling oneself, and the process bears considerable similarity to being controlled by other people. It its more problematic forms it can lead to identification with the aggressor, a mechanism by which the individual will try to overcome the pain by being like his aggressor. Thus the feeling ‘I am angry at my boss’ is displaced and becomes ‘I am angry at my son.’ Cognitively, this defense involves a change in the object to whom the emotion is attached, but the subject, or the owner of the feeling remains the same. Several chapters in this book attest to the complex interplay of physical illness and disability with the operation of defense mechanisms, in their discrete manifestations or in the form of more inclusive styles or patterns of defense. Evidence shows, for example, that even during children’s years in elementary school, their intrinsic motivation tends to become weaker with each passing year. Finally, for people to become autonomous with respect to a behavior, they must grasp its personal meaning for themselves; they must have their own perspective acknowledged and they must feel a sense of choice about doing the behavior. [1] Kernberg (1976) described self-image as a product of the process of internalization. In contrast, there are behaviors that people do not find interesting but that have become meaningful and important for their own self-selected goals and personal life plans. But from the ruins there arises first the feeling of guilt, then the drive for reparation and love. It is a common process. In the case of the boy it involved his compliance with the contingency that has been explicitly or implicitly created by his mother and thus getting the desired consequence. In object-relations theory, objects are usually persons, parts of persons (such as the mother's breast), or symbols of one of these. As such, people do these behaviors quite autonomously even though the behaviors themselves are not inherently satisfying. While it is not possible in the present brief essay to provide a comprehensive description of each of these mechanisms, a few examples of certain distinctions and relationships between mechanisms may be given. Klein, M. (1932). Individuals who behave mainly out of introjection engage in behaviors because they want to avoid feeling guilty or bad about themselves or because performing the behavior will allow them to aggrandize themselves. Quite often, they help bring about socially valued achievements. Intrinsic motivation involves doing an activity because the activity itself is interesting and enjoyable, whereas fully internalized extrinsic motivation involves doing an activity because it is personally valued and important to the person. He suggests that combinations of a self-representation, an object-representation, and an affect state linking them are the essential units of psychic structure. Narrative of a child analysis: The conduct of the psychoanalysis of children as seen in the treatment of a ten year old boy (No. In addition, people must feel sufficiently competent at the focal behavior to do it satisfactorily; that is, people will be more likely to internalize a goal if they have the relevant skills and understanding to become successful at it. When the process functions optimally, individuals will have transformed an externally regulated extrinsic motivation into an internally regulated extrinsic motivation by integrating the regulation and its value into their sense of self. Rooted in primal phantasy, Klein’s infant is far darker and more persecuted than the Freudian pleasure-seeking narcissist. In his report on the case of Miss Lucie R., Freud asserted that it was primal repression that exerted an attraction on all other ideas or affects that were to be subsequently repressed: "When this process occurs for the first time there comes into being a nucleus and center of crystallization for the formation of a psychical group divorced from the ego - a group around which everything which would imply an acceptance of the incompatible idea subsequently collects" (Freud, 1893/1964, p. 123). The regulation of these behaviors is certainly internal to these people, but it does not exhibit the qualities of volition or autonomy that, for example, are so evident in intrinsic motivation. Deci and Ryan’s self-determination theory (SDT) proposed that intrinsic motivation is invariantly self-determination but that extrinsic motivation can vary greatly in the degree to which it is self-determination. Moreover, shame has been identified as another important antecedent of defensive operations (Lewis, 1990; Westerludh, 1983). 22.). the object is felt to be in pieces, the more the Ego is in danger of being split’ He does not want to disappoint his teacher. Not only do people feel a sense of choice and experience an internal PLOC, but more importantly, autonomous extrinsic motivation, like intrinsic motivation, is positively related to psychological well-being as well as to learning outcomes and effective performance, especially on activities that require a deeper or fuller engagement with the activity. These mechanisms can help you avoid feelings of unpleasantness … “Klein posited that a healthy development implies that the infant has to split its external world, its objects and itself into two categories: good (i.e., gratifying, loved, loving) and bad (i.e. In other words, it is the basic psychological need for relatedness that leads people to be willing to take on the regulation of behaviors that are valued by significant others or relevant reference groups. She also observed that when a child was given the freedom to express his or her phantasies, which were then interpreted, their anxiety decreased. With that paper she simultaneously unleashed two huge trends that have been central in psychoanalytic discussions ever since. The repressed idea takes its revenge however by becoming pathogenic” (Freud, 1893/1964, p.116). It is still extrinsic because she is seeking harmony, but it is characterized by a greater sense of personal endorsement and choice than was the case in the first example where the boy was seeking praise. that she uses to describe the developmental stage that occurs in an infant’s Moral norms are created in response to sexual drives and aggression directed at others, and what is considered to be a moral sense or conscience is merely a result of the complex processes of introjection and projection. However, they also help individuals cope with the demands and challenges of external reality. By taking the object back into themselves, infants feel that they have become like that objects, that is, they identify with that object. In other words, SDT proposes that regulations can be internalized more or less fully, such that people will, to differing degrees, accept the regulations as personally important for themselves and, thus, be more or less autonomous in enacting them. Klein, M. (1921). Central to object relations theory is the notion of splitting, which can be described as the mental separation of objects into "good" and "bad" parts and the subsequent repression of the "bad," or anxiety-provoking, aspects (Klein, 1932; 1935). In contrast, the mechanisms of ‘displacement’ and ‘projection’ are cognitively more complex. When she wrote of the dynamic fantasy life of infants, she did not suggest that neonates could put thoughts into words. More than three decades of research have now shown that the quality of people’s experience and performance vary as a function of the degree to which a behavior is autonomous or self-determined. The thing that makes SDT’s conceptualization of internalization different from most others is that it includes different types or degrees of internalization. Defense was to be the superordinate, inclusive concept; repression was destined to remain one of the mechanisms of defense, albeit the most important or even the prototypical one. It is a term But, as in Freud, they fear their desire to castrate their father will be turned against them. The regulation of these behaviors is certainly internal to the people, but it does not exhibit the qualities of volition or autonomy that, for example, are so evident in intrinsic motivation. FIGURE 1. A prominent example of an early unbearable idea is the incestuous impulse of the child directed at the parent of the opposite sex. The latter example, in contrast, is more about making a choice to do the activity because, all things considered, doing so feels desirable and right. Identification presumes the child's cognitive ability to recognize the variety of role dimensions that exist in interactions with others, and involves the capacity of the self to model itself after the object influenced by fantasy and affect. In particular, when a person introjects or goes through the process of introjection, they generally create the superego, the ruling moral force or conscience that helps keep the id (the pleasure seeking aspect of the self) at bay. Identification is the phantasy of projecting a part of oneself into the other Internalization is the process of taking in a value or regulation and making it one’s own. It is exacted in the form of reduced awareness of both self and environment. Perhaps due to the shocking violence and negative bias of Klein’s infant phantasy world, the question that continues to be asked by Klein’s critics is this: Whose reality was Klein interpreting – her clients’ or her own? It may be noticed that Vaillant placed most of the classical defense mechanisms as listed and described by A. Freud (1946) on Level III. This suggests, for example, that the starting point for facilitating internalization in children, students, or employees is providing them with a sense of personal relatedness, that is, the feeling of being cared about. In these regards, then, one can now see how the study of joy and delight provided a starting point into an examination of how to facilitate optimal motivation for even the mundane tasks we encounter each day of our lives. Specifically, there are behaviors that people force themselves to do because they think they should do them and know they will feel guilty if they do not. A. Schetz, T. Szubka, in Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics (Second Edition), 2012. The latter example, in contrast, is more about making a choice to do the activity because, all things considered, it feels desirable and right. Klein’s (1923) theory of the unconscious is based in the phantasy life of the infant from birth. If you have feelings about your patient, she said, you should do an immediate self-analysis (Grosskuth, 1987). Moses N. Ikiugu PhD, OTR/L, in Psychosocial Conceptual Practice Models in Occupational Therapy, 2007. Unlike Anna Freud, who also worked with children, Klein felt that young children could bear the full weight of her analytical interpretations and so she did not hold back or sugar-coat them (see her famous case study Narrative of a Child Analysis, 1961). The danger signal that activates the imposition of defenses is usually anxiety. 55). Klein’s (1946) concept of Projective Identification is credited with widening the notion of countertransference, particularly though the work of Bion. months – when a child comes to terms with the reality of the world and its At the lowest level, the mechanisms distort reality, at the highest, they bring about its integration with interpersonal relationships and feelings, At intermediate points, defenses alter distress and modify the experience of feelings, and they may appear odd, inappropriate, or socially undesirable from an outside point of view. The development of a child. Recall that extrinsic motivation is operative when people do an activity to attain some separable outcome such as a pat on the back or a monetary bonus. Splitting as a defence is a way of managing anxiety by protecting the ego from negative emotions. Introjection is not as primitive as incorporation, as it often involved drawing an object in, but not incorporating it into the body. 1). In the ensuing steps of the sequence, the superego, evolving through identification with parental authority, was postulated to stimulate repression, with the possible result of infantile amnesia for these impulses. Thus, in the latter case, people experience a truly internal PLOC even though the behavior is still instrumental—that is, done for some reasons other than the enjoyment of the activity itself. What he did was describe the manifestations of repression which he then proceeded to link to their antecedents and consequences. Extrinsic motivation, recall, is operative when people do an activity in order to attain some separable outcome such as a pat on the back or a monetary bonus. The second instance, although still extrinsic, is characterized by a greater sense of personal endorsement and choice than is the first instance, which involves compliance with the control that has been explicitly or implicitly created by the boy’s mother. Thus, defense mechanisms are activated against a wide range of personally relevant threats. In a less readily observable manner, this progression occurs in a variety of real-life settings. Freud’s broadest formulation of defense encompassed “all forms of ego-protection against dangerous impulses” (Madison, 1961, p. 181). Although extrinsic motivators have typically been found to be controlling rather than supportive of autonomy, there is still the important question of whether it is possible for people to be autonomous or self-determined when doing a task that is uninteresting and was therefore extrinsically prompted. Klein, M. (1930). Part-objects are now viewed as whole people, who have their own relationships and feelings; absence is experienced as a loss rather than a persecutory attack. An inverse relationship has emer between Factors 1 and 2. One way is through introjection, which happens when … It is at around three months that a baby begins to cry real tears. For Kleinians, the aim of psychoanalysis is to enable the adult client to tolerate the Depressive Position more securely, even though it is never fixed and we all topple into paranoid phantasies and polarizing viewpoints. Klein, M. (1923). In contrast, there are behaviors that people do not find interesting but that have become meaningful and important for their own self-selected goals, desires, and personal life plans.  Projective identification A psychic defense mechanism in which infants splits off unacceptable parts of themselves, project them into another object, and finally introject them back into themselves in a changed or distorted form. Random House. Anna Freud (1946) described ten prominent defense mechanisms that had emerged from the psychoanalytic literature by that time: regression, repression, reaction formation, isolation, undoing, projection, introjection, turning against the self, reversal, and sublimation. Where Freud’s development of the superego was seen as a good thing, Klein (1945) saw a hostile superego developing at the oral stage. Such a danger leads to the experience of intrapsychic conflict, usually between the superego and the id or between the ego and the id. //Enter domain of site to search. This suggests that whereas people may at least partially internalize a behavioral regulation if they feel a sense of (or desire for) relatedness to a relevant other or group and if they feel effective in doing the behavior, they are unlikely to fully integrate the regulation unless the relevant others in their social world provide autonomy support with respect to that behavior. The Kleinian baby must deal with immense anxiety arising from the trauma of birth, hunger and frustration. In this case, the person attributed thoughts, feelings, motives, or desires that were perceived to be unacceptable to others, and accused them of those attributes. Klein, M. (1961). Wolfram Ehlers, in Advances in Psychology, 2004. Some attempts have been made to classify defenses in terms of cognitive complexity, level of abstraction, developmental maturity/immaturity, and degree of psychopathology (Cramer, 1991a; Perry and Cooper, 1989; Vaillant, 1977), but no single classificatory system has been agreed upon. Introjection is the process by which what is outside oneself is misinterpreted as coming from the inside. Psychic Defense Mechanisms According to Klein, children adopt various psychic defense mechanisms to protect their egos against anxiety aroused by their own destructive fantasies. However, this meaning has been challenged by Maria Torok as she favours using the term as it is employed by Sándor Ferenczi in his essay "The Meaning of Introjection" (1912). The definition then, as it is currently, is an acceptance and incorporation of the beliefs or standards of others into one’s own world view or schema. ... introjection is a psychological defense mechanism where the subject replicates in themselves behaviors, attributes or other fragments of the surrounding world, especially of other people. not stages we progress through, but positions, or ways of being, that we For example, ‘repression’ is generally thought of as being directed against painful internal thoughts or impulses, while ‘denial’ is directed against disturbing external stimuli, the perception of which would arouse painful feelings. They would act out their own aggressive phantasies but also their desire for reparation through play. For example, someone who felt lacking intellectually would project intellectual capacity (which was really inherent in him or her) to others and then idealize those people (this may be the basis of hero worship). Klein stressed the importance of the first 4 or 6 months after birth. Melanie Klein wrote a paper in 1946 called “Notes on Some Schizoid Mechanisms” in which she first mentioned the phrase “projective identification”. When this has occurred, people will feel fully autonomous as they enact an extrinsically motivated behavior, for it would then emanate from their integrated sense of self. Klein’s (1921) theory of the unconscious focused on the relationship between the mother–infant rather than the father–infant one, and inspired the central concepts of the Object Relations School within psychoanalysis. Integrated regulation represents a relatively full sense of autonomy, volition, and personal commitment, with introjection representing a relative lack of these qualities (Fig. Klein sits with the difficult emotions that her patients find hard to bear and helps them accept the complex, dark realities of relationships, the loss implicit in love, the annihilation implicit in life. For Kernberg (1976) internalization entails three processes: Introjection, the most basic, involves the reproduction of an interaction with the environment by means of the clustering of memory traces attached to the self- or object-image and the interactions of the two in their affective context. The Oedipal crisis will morph in the Depressive Position into one of separation This suggests that, whereas people may at least partially internalize a behavioral regulation if they feel a sense of (or desire for) relatedness to a relevant other or group and if they feel effective in doing the behaviors, they are most likely to fully integrate the regulation if some relevant others in their social world provide autonomy support with respect to that behavior. Disagreement, however, continues as to whether repression is one defense mechanism among many or a pivotal component of the defensive structure (Fenichel, 1945; Madison, 1961; Matte Blanco, 1955; Sjöbäck, 1973). Toward the end of Freud’s career, a virtual catalogue of defense mechanisms had emerged. good breast vs. bad breast). Subsequently there have been several attempts to provide an exhaustive cataloging of the many varieties of defense, with incomplete agreement across the various listings. Segment 5 is marked by major fluctuation in Factor 2 while Factor 1 remains largely constant across segments. Subsequently there have been several attempts to provide an exhaustive cataloging of the many varieties of defense, with incomplete agreement across the various listings. Loadings for rationalization, isolation, and repression amounted to 0.65, 0.61, 0.47. and 0.58, respectively. Klein, M. (1935). Klein, M. (1945). In addition, people must feel sufficiently competent at the target behavior to do it satisfactorily; that is, people will be more likely to internalize a goal if they have the relevant skills and understanding to become successful at it. eval(ez_write_tag([[468,60],'simplypsychology_org-medrectangle-3','ezslot_21',116,'0','0'])); Klein’s (1921) theory of the unconscious focused on the relationship between the mother–infant rather than the father–infant one, and inspired the central concepts of the Object Relations School within psychoanalysis. However, this distinction is relative, for repression may be directed against the memory of a painful external event, while denial may play a role in the adherence to inner, wish-fulfilling fantasies. For example, stressing the intimacy and nurturing of the mother. oscillate between throughout development and into adult life. Thus, when people have identified with and integrated the regulation of an extrinsically motivated behavior, the behavior shares many of the qualities of behaviors that are intrinsically motivated. On that view, the Oedipus and Electra complex that gives rise to the superego should be conceived not as something to be explained merely in terms of completely subjective and mostly unconscious happenings, but mainly as the child’s full entrance into intersubjectivity, which in turn is a necessary condition for having a conscious mind and entertaining thoughts. Thus, defenses do not have to provoked by an internal conflict; they may be aroused by whatever is perceived as dangerous to the person’s survival, acceptance, and security in the social world. By continuing you agree to the use of cookies. function Gsitesearch(curobj){ curobj.q.value="site:"+domainroot+" "+curobj.qfront.value }. A. Freud shifted the focus from psychopathology to adaptation. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 16, 145-174. This process already constitutes a component of repression proper (or that of adult repression, starting after the formation of the superego), whereas primal repression was regarded by Freud as having a partially organic basis, as elaborated in his description of defense mechanisms by Paul Kline in Chapter 2. In 1926, Freud (1926/1963) undertook to differentiate the concepts of repression and defense. The Psychoanalysis of Children. Unbearable negative feelings as well as positive loving emotions are projected onto external objects, as in Freud. Introjection as a defense mechanism refers to the internalization of mental representations attributed to an external object, or the so-called introject, introjected object, or internal object (Rycroft 1995). Some mental health professionals believe that introjection is a protective strategy that children employ in order to cope with unavailable parents or guardians: By unconsciously absorbing the characteristics of parents, children reassure themselves that some aspect of the parent is present even if the parent is physically absent. In contrast, in projection, the owner of an unacceptable thought or feeling projects the thought outward and attributes it to some other individual: the unacceptable thought ‘I hate Tom’ becomes ‘Tom hates me.’ For both displacement and projection, the object of the unacceptable feeling is changed (anger at boss changes to anger at son; anger at Tom changes to anger at me) but projection involves additionally a change in the subject of the emotion (‘I hate’ becomes ‘Tom hates’). The object being projected into (e.g. Maria Torok defends this meaning in her 1968 essay The Illness of Mourning and the Fantasy of the Exquisite Corpse where she argues that Sigmund Freud and Melanie Kl… This suggests that the starting point for facilitating internalization in, say, our children, students, or employees is providing them with a sense of personal relatedness, the feelings of caring and being cared about. A girl who takes out the garbage because she personally values family harmony and believes that her participation in this way will contribute to the harmonious functioning of the household is evidencing a greater sense of autonomy. Similarly, what is Introjection defense mechanism? SDT uses the concept of introjection to refer to the type of internalization that leads to this internally pressured regulation. Love, Guilt and Reparation, 252. Development of Conscience in the Child. This is an example of how the ego functions can counterbalance anxiety by means of defensive activity (Sandler, 1960) without regressive tendencies. Klein, M. (1946). SDT thus views internalization in terms of a continuum that describes how fully the person has transformed an external prompt into an internal regulation that will allow volitional or “choiceful” behavior. P. Cramer, J.H. She also delineated between the experiences of girls and boys and gave more power to the mother.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'simplypsychology_org-leader-3','ezslot_24',621,'0','0'])); In the Kleinian Oedipal stage, a world of part-object phantasies, boys want to protect their mother’s insides (her womb, or stomach) from their father’s aggressive penis. eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'simplypsychology_org-leader-1','ezslot_22',142,'0','0'])); And indeed, through subtle manipulations, the recipient can be made to feel and act in accordance with the projective phantasy. For example, a boy who takes out the garbage only because he knows that his mother will praise him for doing so is extrinsically motivated because the behavior is instrumental to the separate consequence. Edward L. Deci, in Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology, 2004. Intrinsic motivation and fully integrated extrinsic motivation are the two bases for autonomous or self-determined behaviors. Finally, for people to become autonomous with respect to a behavior, they must grasp its personal meaning for themselves; that is, they must have their own perspective acknowledged and must feel a sense of choice about doing the behavior. Uwe Hentschel, ... Gudmund Smith, in Advances in Psychology, 2004. 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