Personifications

Beginning in infancy and continuing throughout the various developmental stages, people acquire certain hnages of themselves and others. These hnages, called personifications, may be relatively accurate, or because they are colored by people's needs and anxieties, they may be grossly distorted. Sullivan (1953b) described three basic personifications that develop during infancy—the bad-mother, the good-mother, and the me. In addition, some children acquire an eidetic personification (imaginary playmate) during childhood.

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