ABSTRACT

In this chapter, the author shows how one and the figure in our inner world can bear contradicting feelings: those of love and hate, of deep persecution and tremendous idealization. The inner world which in our unconscious phantasy each of one’s contains inside ourselves is one of those psycho-analytical concepts that most people find especially difficult to accept or understand. It is a world of figures formed on the pattern of the persons we first loved and hated in life, who also represent aspects of ourselves. Melanie Klein in her explorations of unconscious phantasy through her work with very young children, has pursued this theme and brought to light much more concerning the persons in the inner world whom each of individually has felt or feels to be part of himself. Memories have perhaps been awarded a somewhat back-handed evaluation in psycho-analysis.