The Psychological Theory of Michael Balint

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1972

Abstract

Discussed here are some of Michael Balint's contributions in the field of two-person psychology: his observations upon the importance of object-relations in human development, his theoretical presentation of the concept of the “basic fault,” and his description of two character types, the ocnophil and the philobat. A concluding statement attempts to link Balint's theoretical concepts to issues of health and maturity as encountered by physicians in general medical practice.

Publication Title

Psychiatry in Medicine

DOI

https://doi.org/10.2190/7UVL-J2JR-W3E8-M13K

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