The Kleinians talk about positions as often as they refer to stages. This accomplishes a number of important things. First, it shifts our thinking about early development away from teleology (i.e. inexorable stages unfolding towards a predetermined end) towards recursive and unpredictable open systems. Second, while Klein sees a linear movement from the paranoid-schizoid (see entry, paranoid-schizoid) to the depressive position, she and her successors acknowledge that this is also an uncertain and recursive movement freighted with anxiety and painful guilt.
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