Anaclitic (sociotropic) and introjective (autonomous) dimensions. Academic Article uri icon


  • The distinction between the anaclitic and introjective configuration of personality and psychopathology has potential to inform therapeutic practice. Anaclitic patients, concerned primarily with obtaining and maintaining close and nurturing interpersonal relations, respond differently to brief and longterm treatment, in comparison to their introjective counterparts, who are mainly concerned with securing a positive sense of self. This article reviews research on the therapeutic responses of anaclitic and introjective patients in …

publication date

  • January 1, 2001