Psychoanalysis and Complexity by Gabriele Lenti

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Mahler speaks about affective-motor libidinisation of the Self which would be a result of tactile and kinesthetic stimulation by adults who, through a positive attitude towards the baby, would help them to build up a basis for the integration of the body-self (Mahler 1975). Mahler was echoed by Edith Jacobson, who uses the concept of libidinal investment and adds the concept of self as a representation of feelings, behaviors and desires, a factor which is more suitable than ego to be included in a relational approach (Jacobson, 1954).

28 Gabriele Lenti The Ego ideal is prevalently related to drive control while the narcissistic Self is closely interwoven with the drives and their inexorable tensions, therefore Kohut concludes that: “the ego experiences the influence of the ego ideal as coming from above and that of the narcissistic self as coming from below”. ) and that in the maintenance of the homeostatic narcissistic equilibrium of the personality , the interplay of the narcissistic self, the ego, and the super-ego may be depicted in this way.

The formal cause concerns the form of scientific law which rules the logical coherence between events, and the manner in which it is conceived in the mind of the scientist. The efficient cause consists in the concept of ultimate cause of an operation, in the usual sense of the word, as it is contained, for example, in the explanation of the operation even of a very simple mechanism. A hammer blow causes (efficient cause) the penetration of the nail into the wood.

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