Primacy of affects in human development: Discussion of Otto F. Kernberg’s “Some Implications of New Developments in Neurobiology for Psychoanalytic Object Relations Theory”

Leon Hoffman

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Abstract

In this commentary of Dr. Kernberg's important paper I highlight the importance of affects as motivators, particularly the SEEKING system. I question the utility of libido and aggression as the two superordinate constructs. And, I suggest incorporating defensive operations and defense mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-34
Number of pages4
JournalNeuropsychoanalysis
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Affects
  • Defense mechanism
  • Defensive operations
  • SEEKING system

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