A Neo-Piagetian Approach to Object Relations

  • Robert Kegan
Part of the Path in Psychology book series (PATH)


Terry is fifteen years old. She is admitted to the psychiatric ward of a general hospital by her mother, who can no longer deal with her. She is a chronic truant, will obey none of her mother’s rules, steals money. According to Terry her mother is “stern”, “stubborn”, “nagging”, “unwilling to compromise”, and “headstrong”. Terry experiences her mother, and a lot of other people, as “trying to invade my life”. Terry worries that she is “going to have to submerge my personality”. She feels that she is “no longer whole”. “I feel like others are being woven into me.”


Object Relation Legal Institution Emotional Life Object Permanence Primary Caretaker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Kegan
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  1. 1.Harvard UniversityUSA

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