In a recent blog post I discussed Dr. Kernberg’s observations about intense primitive idealization. Dr. Kernberg discusses idealization as an expression of identity diffusion but omitted to discuss idealization as an autoplastic adaptation to object loss. Dr. Kernberg did not discuss idealization as a concomitant of guilt in such cases.
Previously I had pointed to the fact that in Dr. Kernberg’s discussion of the vicissitudes of aggression he omitted to mention guilt as an outcome of aggression: namely, aggression turned against the self.
Why does Dr. Kernberg keep omitting the issue of guilt? This is a question for Jay Greenberg!!