chapter  XI
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Discussion and Summary

More difficult to understand are the objections that spring from many committed to a psychoanalytic point of view. Why should they object to the concept of the internalization and fixation of early conflicts that later have to be worked out in treatment? I first thought that it might be due to lack of knowledge and experience; when the resistance seemed to go beyond that, I thought it was due to politics or territoriality issues. I finally came to the conclusion, discussed below, that the fundamental objection was based on none of these factors but rather on the inherent nature of the material and the individual's capacity to listen and respond to it.