What is it about?

This article describes the “tug of war” in parent–child relationships by taking safety and narcissistic needs as examples. From the perspective of relatedness, in an ideal situation, the “I–Thou” relationship model is dominant, and interactive partners maintain a non-confrontational balance. In an unsatisfactory situation, the “I–It” relationship appears repeatedly, and interpersonal interactions will become a battlefield for a “power struggle”. Individuals may use the strategies of entreaty, compliance or submission, avoidance and control to satisfy safety and narcissistic needs.

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Why is it important?

It is an application of Martin Buber's intersubjective theory to psychoanalysis.


Martin Buber's view is very illuminating, and it can help to enrich psychoanalytic understanding of intersubjective interaction.

Dr. Wei Zhang
China University of Geosciences

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This page is a summary of: The intersubjective "tug of war" in parent–child relationships, Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in China, December 2022, Phoenix Publishing House Ltd,
DOI: 10.33212/ppc.v5n2.2022.235.
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