Oscar was a blighted son. He was involved in interminable

conflict with his mother who was not enthusiastic about Oscar’s

career plans and lack of career success. In childhood Oscar

was subjected to his mother’s nagging criticism.  He was the

black sheep. Oscar’s slightest misdeeds were crimes in his mother’s

eyes. Again and again Oscar tried to appease his mother,

to make amends. Oscar’s disturbed relationship with his mother determined

the sense he had of himself, a self-concept that vacillated

between extremes: he saw himself as a repentant and absolved

sinner and at times as a secret and undiscovered murderer.

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Paraphrases from the paper “The Imaginary Twins: The Case of Beckett and Bion” by Bennett Simon and Object Relations in Psychoanalytic Theory by Jay Greenberg and Stephen A Mitchell.

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