Object relations theory is a term used to describe a relatively diverse group of psychological theories in which people are viewed as having an internal, often unconscious, construction of relationships.Object relations theory postulates that our external experience of relationships becomes internalized in our (unconscious)mind, within which mental representations of others (objects) and of the self (the subject) interact and become intertwined. In this fashion we all carry unconscious impressions of our relationships and of ourselves in relation to others and these mental constructs infl uence our relationships in the external world (see memory). Another key idea within object relations theory is that people have a primary need for close relationships with other people in order to realize an understanding of the self.
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