Superego: an attachment perspective
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Superego
Abstract: 

With the help of attachment theory and research, the paper attempts to broaden and build on classical and current views on the superego. Attachment theory's epigenetic approach and the concept of the subliminal superego are described. The superego, it is argued, is as much concerned with safety as sex. The superego is 'heir', not just to the Oedipus complex or Klein's pre-oedipal constellation, but also to the attachment relationship. Under favourable developmental conditions a 'mature superego' emerges, facilitating, in the presence of an internal secure base, maturational boundary crossings towards adult sexuality. In the light of the above, the paper reviews Lear's updating of Strachey's model of psychic change and explores the concept of transgression in relation to the 'professional superego', its development and maturation. Theoretical arguments are illustrated with clinical examples.

Author(s): 
Holmes, Jeremy
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Psycho-Analysis
Journal Abbreviation: 
Int J Psychoanal
Publication Date: 
2011-10
Publication Year: 
2011
Pages: 
1221-1240
Volume: 
92
Issue: 
5
ISSN: 
1745-8315
DOI: 
10.1111/j.1745-8315.2011.00411.x
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 22014367

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Jeremy Holmes. 2011-10. "Superego: an attachment perspective." The International Journal of Psycho-Analysis 92: 5: 1221-1240. 10.1111/j.1745-8315.2011.00411.x.

Wikipedia Citation

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