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Hence also withdrawal of cathexis, for the process of decathexis.
The initial aims of treatment would be the establishment of a meaningful relationship with Julian to facilitate his being able to tolerate greater distance, gradual decathexis, and neutralization of his passionate bond to his mother.
This decathexis frequently results in impoverishment of the ego because of the pain and mourning over the increasing loss of the close and loving parent-child ties.
Blos 1962 observed that the unique character of early adolescence is caused by the decathexis from the incestuous love objects, which results in free-floating object libido and, therefore, requires new attachments and accommodations.
His regression to early oedipal, and obsessive-compulsive sub-phases created heightened neurotic conflict at a time of life when he should have been in a position of greater decathexis from parental figures.