Rank: Two Parasites Feeding

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In Beyond Psychology (1941) Rank emphasizes the self-esteem regulating function of the love relationship, in which the individual seeks to constantly feel self-worth through being loved by an idealized other: “Modern love is… not sexual but a psychological problem experienced in moral terms of good and bad (which) makes human relationship into a symbiosis of two parasites feeding on each other’s ‘goodness’”.

 

-George Atwood and Robert Stolorow, Faces In A Cloud

 

 

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Light Art by Tracey Emin

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