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Volume 52 Issue 3 (September 1979), Pages 205-299

The observing self and the development of cohesiveness (pages 277-279)

This paper presents a detailed analysis of the movement from fragmentation to rudimentary cohesiveness in the severely disturbed patient. In potentially psychotic patients this progression is necessary before analysis of the narcissistic transferences can occur. A dynamic and behavioural analysis of this progression offers a clear focus for the initial phase of treatment: The development of the observing self.

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