Wise Counsel Podcast
Joshua Lerner, LCSW on the History of Object Relations
Joshua B. Lerner on the History of Object Relations Theory. Object Relations Theory is an important development of psychoanalysis which is widely supported today within the psychoanalytic community. The term object is really a stand-in word for people, as the theory really speaks to the importance of how a person's early relationships, particularly with caregivers, strongly influence their psychological development. The importance Object Relations Theory applies to early relationships is in contrast to Freud's original conception of child development which was understood to be more biologically or instinctually driven. In this Wise Counsel interview, Joshua Lerner, a social worker and psychoanalyst, talks about the historical development of Object Relations Theory; its origins with analysts like Melanie Klein, and how it developed over time under the influence of other analysts including Winnicott, Balint, Fairbairn, and Bowlby.
Johan Rockstrom: Let the environment guide our development
Human growth has strained the Earth's resources, but as Johan Rockstrom reminds us, our advances also give us the science to recognize this and change behavior. His research has found nine "planetary boundaries" that can guide us in protecting our planet's many overlapping ecosystems.