The Paternal Function: An Object Relations Perspective

New Zealand

This talk helps us understand the significant psychological impact of the paternal figure, and is based on a paper written by the speaker, where he reviews the psychoanalytic literature on the paternal function, identifying 5 different aspects of the paternal role. This talk offers theoretical tools to conceptualize the impact of clients' relationships with their father figures.



  1. Introduction & Setting the Scene
  2. Paternal Function 1: Winnicott's Holding & Protecting
  3. Paternal Function 2: Separating Function
  4. Paternal Function 3: Facilitator of Psychic Structure & the Capacity to Think
  5. Paternal Function 4: Facilitator of Affect Regulation
  6. Paternal Function 5: Port of Psychic Safety
  7. The Paternal Function in the Therapeutic Setting

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