obsessional 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 internalization of both the good object and the bad object, causing the obsessional person to consider bad objects as alien internal forces that need to be controlled. See also splitting of the object. Compare hysterical technique, paranoid technique, phobic technique.

Subjects: Psychology.

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