"object" the context of Freudian psychoanalysis
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All that is the not I constitutes the world of objects. In the context of object relations, the object is essentially the infant's first love object, the nurturing adult. Jusl as in Piaget's theory of the development of ob;ect concept, psychoanalysis identifies steps or sequences in the development of object relations as subject and object interact. In the beginning, the infant is said to have no awareness of the outside. During the course of the first year, the infant gradually becomes aware of the existence of external objects, notably the mother. As the infant's ego emerges, it slowly assumes the functions hitherto performed by the mothering RiUre. By the time the <:hild is 18 months of age, he is quite aware of the distinction between IIlf and non-relf as cathexis is transferred from self to object. The affective tie to the mother is preceded by pleasure derived from the creature comforts (food, cuddling), wbich only after the sixth month begin to he ano-- ciated with the "giver" in whose perceptual context the good things are consistently received.