Psychopathology: Theory and Practice

Fairbairn’s Ideas

In these talks Dr David Celani outlines Fairbairn’s pioneering model which describes how object relations influence personality development. He has found this particularly useful in the treatment of borderline patients who are generally considered difficult and unrewarding to work with.

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THE SPEAKER

Dr David Celani
David P. Celani, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who practiced for more than 25 years in Burlington, Vermont. In treatment, he focused on his patients' "attachment to bad objects", which manifested through their inability to separate from parents, friends, or marital partners who demeaned, criticized, or abused them.

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REFERENCES

BOOKS

Fairbairn’s Object Relations Theory in the Clinical Setting
Publisher: Columbia University Press – 2010

The Illusion Of Love: Why the Battered Woman Returns to Her Abuser
Publisher: Columbia University Press – 1996

Leaving Home: The Art of Separating From Your Difficult Family
Publisher: Columbia University Press – 2011