hysterical technique

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In psychoanalysis, one of the four defensive techniques proposed by the Scottish psychoanalyst W. Ronald D. Fairbairn (1889–1964). It involves externalization of the good object and internalization of the bad object, causing the hysterical person to consider internal impulses as bad. See also splitting of the object. Compare obsessional technique, paranoid technique, phobic technique.

Subjects: Psychology.

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