Object relations theory Academic Article uri icon


  • Although the theme of a child attempting to draw his or her mother out of depression is prevalent in psychoanalysis (eg, Kohun, 1999), Winnicott's text illuminates the close link between the way we experience ourselves and our experience of others, namely, mental representation of the self-concept (“I”) and others (“mother”). The two types of experience form the distinguishing mark of object relations theory as a major psychoanalytic strand, led by Winnicott and others. Like other psychoanalytic strands, object relations theory is predicated on the assumption of a dynamic unconscious; that is, one that pushes beyond accessible awareness those wishes, urges, thoughts, and emotions that

publication date

  • January 1, 2014