Author: Harry Guntrip
Fairbairn was the first psychoanalyst to work out a full-scale, systematic object relations theory of our psychic life as persons growing in relationships. But it would be a mistake to associate object relations theory exclusively with his name. He would have disapproved of any attempt to create yet another school of theory. Fairbairn was no sectarian, but a philosophically, scientifically, and artistically educated man, “seeing life steadily and seeing it whole,” but, above all, following the clues provided by the actual pressure of the patient’s experiences on the necessarily limited first attempt of Freud to create a psychobiology of human living.