The use of stories as autistic objects.

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  • Author(s): Barrows, Paul
  • Source:
    Journal of Child Psychotherapy. Apr2001, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p69-82. 14p.
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    • Abstract:
      This paper reviews Frances Tustin's concept of the 'autistic object' and its development over the course of her writings. Clinical material from work with a 4-year-old boy is brought to suggest that the concept can usefully be extended to include such cultural artefacts as stories as well as the physical objects emphasized by Tustin. It is also emphasized that the awareness of reality which autistic objects are used to defend against refers both to internal as well as external reality. The paper argues that it is the function to which the object is put that is critical in determining whether or not it should be viewed as an autistic object. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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