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A skin for the imaginal.

Authors
  • Feldman, Brian
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of analytical psychology
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2004
Volume
49
Issue
3
Pages
285–311
Identifiers
PMID: 15149442
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This paper focuses on the development of internal space, the evolution of psychological boundaries and the capacity for symbolization as they first arise during infancy. The concept of the psychic skin as an early form of psychological boundary is presented. The development of the psychic skin, or psychological container, is necessary for imaginal processes to function for the purpose of psychological growth and development. Infant observation material utilizing the Tavistock model and analytical material from an adolescent analysis is presented to help elucidate the theoretical concepts.

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