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  • Hence also withdrawal of cathexis, for the process of decathexis.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • decathexis = withdrawal of one's feelings of attachment from (a person, idea, or object), as in anticipation of a future loss (

    January 16, 2018