Excerpt About Frustrating Object Relation

Two Primary Instincts of the Animal Soul

The animal or libidinal soul is driven by two primary instincts or drives: the aggressive and the libidinal.5 The aggressive drive includes the soul’s power and energy directed toward survival and all of its correlates: dominance, rivalry, territoriality, etc. The libidinal drive includes sexual and erotic energy and impulses, animalistic wanting and desire, and the desires for togetherness, connection, and so on. These two drives appear in the animal soul within the context of two primitive object relations, again split off from each other. The first contains the aggressive drive and we refer to it as the “rejection object relation,” and the second contains the libidinal drive and we refer to it as the
“libidinal and/or frustrating object relation.”

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