What Are Object Relations?

Alpha Unit: Of course. You just want me to agree with you.

Object Relations

You’re free to have your own views. I have good object relations. I have to otherwise I’d be on Cluster B! We Axis 1 anxiety disorder types have good Object Relations. In fact we separate ourselves from others too much. We are too good at it!

Below I use “you” to mean “all other people who are not me.”

Object Relations means that you and I are completely separate entities in space. Despite quantum physics, we don’t see ourselves as part of our each other even though we are. I recognize that you are a separate object from me, not a part of me.

That means you have: completely separate ideas, emotions, desires, fears, goals, loves, hates, opinions, politics, religious views, identities, on and on and on.

We want people to agree with us but considering that we indeed completely separate entities with our own agency, we are lucky if we have 50% of the things in paragraph above in common. So I shouldn’t expect you to disagree with more than half of what I say, think, and feel. Otherwise you might almost be a part of me. I like the idea because like most people, I’m a selfish dick, but rationally I realize you are a completely separate object, your own separate world or even universe if you will. My universe is over here and yours is over there. We’re not even in the same universe! It’s amazing we can even talk to each other, much less agree.

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