School for Social Work
Object relations (Psychoanalysis), Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind (Motion picture), Separation (Psychology), Love-Psychological aspects, Theoretical, Love-melancholy, Mourning, Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939, Klein, Melanie, Object relations, Heartbreak
The aim of this paper is to consider the phenomena of love-melancholy through an object relations framework, conceiving of this phenomena as a revolt against mourning. The theoretical framework utilized is the early object relations concepts introduced by Freud in his 1917 paper Mourning and Melancholia and elaborated by object relations theorist Melanie Klein in her later works. Using the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) as a case example, this writer identifies a developmental process that occurs in resolving the pain of love-melancholy, emphasizing mourning the lost love object as necessary for establishing hope for future attachments.
Chaplin, Samantha R., "Love-melancholy : revolt against mourning" (2015). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
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