Some implications of object relations theory for psychoanalytic technique.J Am Psychoanal Assoc. 1979; 27 Suppl:207-39.JA
Whereas, traditionally, object relations theory--a refinement of structural theory that links structure more closely with genetic and dynamic aspects of mental functioning--has been applied mostly to the understanding and treatment of patients with severe regression in the transference, it also has application for technique in the standard psychoanalytic situation. This paper has focused on the object relations approach to the nature of conflicts to be interpreted in the transference; the varying relationships between transference, genetic history, and early development, revealed by an object relations focus; the technique used under conditions of regression in the communicative process in the transference; and the relation of empathy and regression in the transference. Two clinical cases are presented to illustrate the points made.